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Kids needing a release from the stresses of recovery from the Superstorm Sandy are being welcomed to the Toms River Youth Center.

The Toms River Office of Human Services is providing a place for children of storm victims and first responders to go and get some release.

Joanne Benson, Director of Human Services for Toms River, says there are games and activities including art ‘n craft, Wii, Playstation, pool tables, movies, popcorn, ping pong, and a playground.

“We’re trying to keep the children preoccupied, make them feel safe.”

It’s open to all ages at the center located on 1505 North Bay Avenue. They will be open from 9 am till 4:30 pm all next week, including the weekend of November 3rd and 4th.

“For anyone who wants to bring their children over here while we get the house in order. Especially for the first responders out there who need to be at work.” says Benson.

Transportation will be provided from each shelter, call (732) 341 – 1000 ext 8436 to arrange pickup.

Benson says building a feeling of normalcy is very important, especially for children.

“And as hard as it is for adults to process their feelings it’s even more difficult for children I’m sure they’re feeling scared of the unknown.”

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