Sandy Sprouts Bounty of Thanksgiving Dinners

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Asbury Park – While the oceanfront Langosta Lounge remains closed for repairs due to storm damage from Hurricane Sandy, restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach has relocated the free, annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner served at Langosta Lounge for the past four years to the First United Methodist Church of Asbury Park, 906 Grand Avenue. The dinner will start at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Stefan for Giamano’s in Bradley Beach will head a complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner at the Salvation Army in Asbury Park on Thursday, too! Either location is open to anyone and everyone in need of a free holiday meal!

Brick: Church of Epiphany, 615 Thiele Road will provide Thanksgiving dinners noon Nov. 22. Deliveries provided upon request. For more information, call 732-458-0220.

Brick PAL, 60 Drum Point Road. 11am to 5pm. https://www.facebook.com/operationbrickfoodrelief

Eatontown – Immanuel’s Corner free Thanksgiving dinner at the Eatontown Community Center, 72 Broad St, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For more information call 732-556-8246

Hazlet: The township’s Recreation Commission will be serving a Thanksgiving Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Cullen Center at 1776 Union Avenue. The holiday dinner is for the less fortunate residents and also for area senior citizens. Reservations can be made by calling 732-739-0653.

Highlands: “Windansea will be hosting a FREE Thanksgiving dinner for Highlands residents with the help of an anonymous donor, and the OLPH food pantry from 12 to 5 on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations can be made by calling Lisa at 732-693-9746. Seating times are 12, 12:30, 1:30, 2:00, 3:00, 3:30 and 4:30.

Island Heights:  Island Heights United Methodist Church is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22. Individuals, families, and local and out-of-state emergency responders are invited to attend one of three seatings: at noon, 2 p.m., or 4 p.m. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call the church office at 732-929-0444 to request your preferred time. Island Heights United Methodist Church is located at 111 Ocean Ave.

Keansburg:  This Thursday the American Legion on Carr Ave, and St. Mark’s Church on Myrtle Ave. will be having Thanksgiving Dinner for anyone effected by Hurricane Sandy in or out of Keansburg. It will be from 2-5pm and hope all in need will come for some delicious Turkey day dinner. Pat Sherman of Asbury Park is coordinating volunteers. Schlossbach is currently accepting donations of turkeys, hams, desserts, vegetables, jackets, gloves, scarves, toiletries and non-perishable items at the Dauphin Grille (1401 Ocean Avenue).

Lacey:  Lacey United Methodist Church, 203 Lacey Road, in Forked River will server Thanksgiving meals at 1 p.m. Nov. 22. Call 609-693-5222 the day before.

Lakehurst:  The Community Center, 203 Center St., will serve Thanksgiving meals noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 22. For more information, call 908-278-4654.

Lakewood:  Macedonia Baptist Church, 143 John St. will provide Thanksgiving meals 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 22. Volunteers needed. Deliveries provided upon request. For more information, call 732-363-9804.

Manalapan:  Working in conjunction with the Samaritan Center of Manalapan, Hartigan’s Grille will be providing Thanksgiving dinner for individuals and families in need of assistance in the Manalapan/Englishtown area. The event will take place Nov. 22. There will be two seatings, the first at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will feature a home-cooked Thanksgiving menu using fresh ingredients. Make your reservation today by calling 732-851-7500

Manasquan:  Thanksgiving meal at First Baptists Church of Manasquan, 47-51 South Street, on Thanksgiving Day. Call 732-223-4649 to make a reservation.

SquanStrong Thanksgiving at the Manasquan Elks, please stop in Tuesday or Wednesday for your ticket, it’s free, but they need a head count, stop by Tuesday between 10am and 5pm, or go to SquanStrong on Facebook for more details!

Edgar’s Pub will serve a free turkey dinner to local displaced families and out-of-state utility workers at 4:30 on Thanksgiving Day at the restaurant, 153 Sea Girt Ave., Manasquan. Reservations are required. Call 732-449-4114 to reserve a table. Dinner will be prepared and served by Edgar’s Pub employees, friends and families.

Sea Girt: Harrigans in Sea Girt will provide a free Thanksgiving dinner but you need to call ahead!

Ocean Grove: Thanksgiving meal at St. Paul’s UMC, 80 Embury Ave., on Thanksgiving Day. Call 732-775-1125 x110

Point Pleasant Beach:  ‘Not so traditional’ meal on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving at the Point Pleasant Beach Elks Lodge, 820 Arnold Ave, at 5 p.m. All are welcome for a free meal provided by local restaurants, including Surf Taco, Spano’s, Martell’s Tiki Bar, 709, The Spot, and more!

Volunteers at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church at Bay and Forman avenues will to provide hot meals for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy through Monday. Meals will be served in the Christian Education Building from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Princeton Junction:  We live in Princeton Junction and have two kid with type 1 diabetes. We are looking to invite a family hit by Sandy with kids that have type 1 diabetes to our thanksgiving dinner. If you know of anyone please feel free to have them call us or write to us. Ed. 609 542-0202

Red Bank:  First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road will be doing a noon to 3 p.m. sit down and take-out/delivery meal to areas that need it on Thanksgiving Day.

Spring Lake Heights:  Seabreeze Deli & Catering is offering a free Thanksgiving meal to all who can attend on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 4 p.m. 111 Route 71 in Spring Lake Heights

Toms River:  Ocean County College will host a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday Nov. 22 at 1 pm. Dinner prepared by Jason Russo, executive chef at Ramada Inn, Toms River. Reservations are required. make reservations by calling the Student Life Office (732) 255-0348. By making a reservation, you are committing your attendance to the dinner.

The Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 will be offering free Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving Day, 11/22, at their lodge, located on the corners of Washington Street and Clifton Avenue. Dinners will be available to hurricane victims, emergency responders, senior citizen, people with disabilities and members of the community who would like to enjoy a friendly atmosphere with plenty of turkey and trimmings.

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