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Youth Government Lending Helping Hand During the Holidays

Toys and clothing being collected for local families in need.

The Freehold Borough Youth Government Organization is joining in the holiday spirit this week with a toy and food drive.

Councilman Jaye Sims said the students, who range from seventh through twelfth graders are holding this event for the first time hoping to help as many families as possible. “they came up with the idea of wanting to do something nice for families that are in need,” he said.

With this being the first year Sims said they are looking to help six families in the borough and have solicited the help of the Freehold Borough PBA to help them reach their goal. “It’s a noble and great idea on the part of the kids that they came up with something like this to do.”

The youth government group consists of students from Freehold Intermediate School, Freehold High School and some students from the other surrounding high schools. They have tackled other projects in the past including revitalizing Veterans Park. Councilman Sims said they also learn more about how local government works. That includes a trip to Trenton and a tour guided by Sen. Jennifer Beck and going to a meeting of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders  and meeting the members of the board. “It’s been a learning experience but they definitely got a taste of how government works,” Sims said.

Items will be collected starting Sunday at 10 a.m. before being distributed. They can also be brought to Borough Hall where a drop box will be placed for people looking to bring items early.

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