Friday, December 18, 2015
TINTON FALLS, NJ – As part of the Christie Administration's fifth annual Season of Service, the Analysis Bureau of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness visited the Holiday Express Warehouse in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, to assemble gift bags for a local school and Lunch Break, a food pantry, soup kitchen, and social services provider in Red Bank. The event was part of the annual Warehouse Elves program organized by Holiday Express, where volunteers pack over 20,000 gift bags for their more than eighty-one events this holiday season.
Chief of Staff Dennis Quinn, Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta, Analysts Paige Schilling, Angie Gad, Kristin McCormick, Kristina Rodriguez, and staff volunteered to help assemble 600 gift bags at the Holiday Express Warehouse in Tinton Falls as part of the statewide Season of Service initiative. Photos and updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/NJOHSP and on Twitter by following @NJOHSP.
The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), a Cabinet-level agency, was created in 2006. The Director serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, and is responsible for leading and coordinating the state’s counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and emergency preparedness efforts while building resiliency throughout the state across all levels of government and the private sector. NJOHSP oversees and distributes discretionary state and federal homeland security and emergency preparedness funds on behalf of New Jersey. More information about NJOHSP can be found at www.njhomelandsecurity.gov.
Holiday Express is a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 1,600 volunteers, including 150 musicians, and travels to over eighty-one locations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, delivering music, food, gifts, financial support, friendship and holiday cheer to those in need. The organization visits the mentally and physically ill, the homeless, the hungry, and the physically disabled. More information can be found at www.holidayexpress.org.