Needy Burlington County families with children have begun receiving electronic gift cards from donations made to the annual Give a Christmas fund.

The Burlington County Times newspaper and the nonprofit New Jersey 211, a 24-hour hotline for community service providers, are co-sponsoring the program.

Of the 560 Burlington County family applications received by NJ 211, nearly 500 were deemed eligible based on income and family size.

“We have already started notifying 492 families of their Amazon e-gift cards and are still sending them out as donations come in. With the care and support of donors, I know we can bring a little Christmas cheer to these children,” said Rae Duncan, NJ 211 Quality Assurance Manager.

Ray also said the 492 eligible family applications represent a 19 percent increase in the number of eligible applicants over last year. Families receive up to four $50 gift cards for children 18 and under, and parents with fewer than four children also receive $50.

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