By WILLIAM CLARK
The Jersey Shore Dream Center of Neptune hosts a yearly event called Serve 24, a day long service project meant to give back to the local community.
This year, for the organization’s 10 year anniversary, the group is giving away at least 100 bikes to young people in Neptune and Asbury Park.
On Sat., July 16 the Dream Center is scheduled to host an event at Springwood Avenue Park in Asbury Park. During the event, bikes, helmets and locks will be given to children who apply beforehand.
A $100 donation will support the giveaway. A sponsorship link is set up on the Dream Center website
Liz Seaman, the Director of Marketing for the Dream Center, said that the group has received a wonderful deal from a local distributor.
Seaman said their goal is 100 but wants to outpace that based on the generosity of one donor.
Families can contact the Dream Center at 877-391-5732 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for a bike.
In addition to the bikes, Windmill will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and a bouncy house will be set up for kids to jump. Hope Fits will also be setting up a boutique style store for women’s clothes.
During the rest of the 24 hours, volunteers for the Dream Center will be making their way through Asbury Park and Neptune, popping into laundry mats to pay for services and help fold clothes, helping with groceries at supermarkets and giving away reusable bags. Volunteers will also help clean up trash on the streets in neighborhoods. The Dream Center’s mobile food truck will also be hosting pizza parties at each of its stops.
Seaman said that the day is planned but still fielding ideas from people that would like to donate time or resources. She encourages people to reach out to her with any suggestions.
For anyone looking to volunteer, they can fill out a form at jerseyshoredreamcenter.org.