Rather than throwing a party and getting presents for his 12th birthday Sunday, one Manasquan boy is holding a food drive and asking for 10,000 pounds of food instead.
Xander Bossone, of North Main Street, plans to collect food and monetary donations Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Acme parking lot on Main Street, he said.
This will be the second consecutive year he runs a food drive for his birthday, Xander said. Last year he collected 5565 pounds of food, filling 1 1/2 box trucks -- borrowed from Neptune-based Lowy's Moving Service -- for the Food Bank in Neptune, he said.
Xander won't be doing it all by himself though -- his mother, Donna Bossone, friends and a crew from Lowy's will pitch in, he said.
"A lot of people are not as fortunate as we are," Xander said. "Some people only have dinner once or twice a week and have to worry about where they're going to get their next meal."
Xander, who will celebrate his actual birthday Dec. 22, said his original idea in 2010 was to fill the back of his mom's truck with food, but after meeting Adam Lowy, of Lowy's Moving Service, at a food drive held by the Boy Scouts, Lowy let Xander use his trucks to collect food.
Ahern Copy Center, on Parker Avenue, donated 2000 fliers to Xander's cause, as well, he said.
The Food Bank is short on peanut butter, jelly and tuna fish, Xander said. Cash donations are also encouraged, he said.