Tuckerton Seaport began hosting a Giving Tree back in 2012 right after Superstorm Sandy. The storm’s devastation in the local community prompted us to think how we connect those in need with those who wanted to give back. The Seaport reached out the local schools and the food pantry to see how we could best help. The number of families affected was tremendous. With the holidays right around the corner, spreading some holiday cheer became more of a priority. In partnership with the schools and the pantry, we gathered a list of local children in need. Each child’s wish list was hung on a tag on our Giving Tree. Secret Santas selected a local child in need to purchase holiday gifts for from the tree. This tradition has continued ever since. This year’s tree had 53 children on it. Over the past 5 years this program has provided holiday gifts for 1,294 local children. While the Secret Santas remain anonymous, please know how much your generosity is appreciated on Christmas morning.