2020 continues to see iconic events removed from our calendars because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The latest events to fall victim are two big ones for the Toms River Police Foundation - the annual Pros vs Heroes Charity Flag Football Game and the Jingle Bells 5K.

Both events are always popular, with the Pros vs. Heroes game bringing professional athletes and local luminaries together on the beach for a day of flag football competition, but more importantly to raise money for the Toms River Police Foundation.

It's a similar story with the Jingle Bells 5K.

Well, at least as far as supporting a great organization goes, not the whole professional athlete and football part.

In a weekend announcement from the Toms River Police Department, they didn't say that the events are being pulled because of gathering restrictions, but for a reason that we can all identify with - the fact that it's harder than ever for people to part with money for charities, no matter how worthy they may be.

In the words of TRPD: "During these difficult times we cannot ask for financial support while people are struggling to rebuild."

Here's the full announcement from the Toms River Police Department:

The Pros vs Heroes game usually comes around in the middle of summer, and the Jingle Bells 5K rolls around in December (in case you couldn't have guessed that from the name).

Both events support the Toms River Police Foundation, whose purpose is to, "...use the donations collected to assist the police department in funding a variety of projects, equipment and community relations’ events and initiatives".


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