Holiday Assistance Programs

Searching the NJ 2-1-1 Resource Database for Holiday Assistance

Families who are having trouble affording food or gifts this holiday season may find relief from local resources. When searching the NJ 2-1-1 Resource Database use the following search terms in the search bar at the top of this page:

  • For holiday gift giving programs, use: holiday toys
  • For meals for the holidays use: Thanksgiving meals; Christmas meals, Christmas baskets; Thanksgiving baskets
  • To find out where to donate meals or toys: holiday donations

In addition to what is listed in our database, we have received information from local churches and other organizations who are hosting programs this year. Whether you are looking for assistance or searching for a good place to make a holiday donation, our Holiday Giving Programs list is a good place to start. All locations followed by an asterisk (*) have been verified this year. Those that could not be reached by phone have a notation reflecting that we are awaiting confirmation.

The Salvation Army is also known for the assistance it provides at Christmas. Call 908.851.9300 to be directed to your local office to learn what is available in your area. 

If you know of other appropriate giving programs that are not in the database and are not listed below, please send the information to us.

See a list of Holiday Assistance Programs below. Locations are listed in alphabetical order by county first and then by city. 

Atlantic County

Toys for Tots

Tel: N/A

Open: N/A

Holiday Gifts Applications are submitted online, Click on the tab at the top of the Home page that says “Request a Toy” and select your geographic region. When you are connected with local site, click on “Request a Toy” again and follow instructions given on that page. This is a Nation Wide program, visit website for a location near you.

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Bergen County

Christ Church

251 State St

Hackensack, NJ

Tel: 201-833-8009

Open: 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Call for time of dinner. All Are Welcome. Sponsored by Family Promise of Bergen County

Housing, Health, Human Services Center

120 S River St

Hackensack, NJ

Tel: 201-833-8009

Open: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Thanksgiving Day Dinner. All Are Welcome. Sponsored by Family Promise of Bergen County

Social Service Association Ridgewood & Vicinity

6 Station Plaza

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Tel: 201-444-2980

Open: Mon - Thu 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Thanksgiving Basket & Holiday gifts Must be a current client or can sign up to become a client. Serving residents of Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland, Park, Waldwick and Wyckoff. Please call to set up an interview. Deadline is mid-November.

Teaneck Social Services

818 Teaneck Rd

Teaneck, NJ 07666

Tel: 201-837-1600 ext 1503

Open: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:00AM - 5:15PM, Tues 8:00AM - 7:00PM, Closed on Holidays

Holiday Gifts, Thanksgiving Baskets Programs are from Teaneck residents. Families can apply for the Thanksgiving basket at the social service office, or in child’s school in Teaneck. To register please speak with Ms. Andrade, deadline is Nov.10th.

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Burlington County

Christian Caring Center

378 Lakehurst Rd

Brown Mills, NJ 08015

Tel: 609-893-0700

Open: Mon - Sat 10:00AM - 3:00PM, Closed first Sat of each month

Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets Sign-up starts first week of Oct. First time applicants should apply in person. Must provide ID, social security cards, Proof of income and children in household (report cards). Donations: Dropped off during business hours Money donations: P.O. Box 385 Pemberton NJ 08068

Catholic Charities, Emergency & Community Services

801 Burlington Ave

Delanco, NJ

Tel: 856-764-6940 ext 6110

Open: Pantry Hours Mon,Tue, Thu 9:00AM - 12:00PM, Wed 9:00am - 11:00PM, 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Thanksgiving Basket, Holiday Gifts/Toys For Burlington County residents only. Registration for Thanksgiving will be held at the food pantry, begins Oct 9th. Christmas gift program registration is on Oct 26 and 27. Visit the St Joseph Church in Riverside to register from 1pm-3pm. Please call for information.

Connect Family Center Inc

429 JFK Way

Willingboro, NJ

Tel: 609-871-4442

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Basket Distribution Please call for more information on how to register. Pick up are on November 17th, 2017

Connect Family Center Inc

429 JFK Way

Willingboro, NJ

Tel: 609-871-4442

Open: N/A

Connection Families Celebration Toys, Coats and Food Distribution. Please call for information on how to register. Event will be on December 22nd, 2017. All scheduled activities are subject to change as necessary.

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Camden County

Cathedral Kitchen

1514 Federal St

Camden , NJ 08105

Tel: 856-964-6771

Open: Starting at 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Serving Thanksgiving Dinner Open to anyone in need in Camden area.

Faith Tabernacle

553 Spruce St

Camden , NJ 08103

Tel: 856-541-4500

Open: 9:00AM

Food Baskets distributed 4th weekend on each month. All are welcome. Must bring an ID. Serving Thanksgiving Day Breakfast All are welcome. 9:00am Serving Christmas Day Breakfast All are welcome. 9:00am

Neighborhood Center

278 Kaighns ave

Camden, NJ

Tel: 856-365-1674

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Basket: Registration is required. Must have a picture ID, proof of household size and proof of residency of Camden. Must live in South Camden zip codes 08103 & 08104

Your Food Shelf

1500 Federal St

Camden, NJ 08105

Tel: 856-365-6475

Open: Tue - Thu 10:00AM - 3:00PM, Fri 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Christmas and Thanksgiving Baskets: Must Live in East Camden Area. Thanksgiving application process starts 1st week of October. Christmas basket application process start 2nd week of November. Must provide a Medicaid card for children in the household, proof of address, birth certificate of children and photo ID. Please call for registration details.

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Essex County

East Orange Community Development Corporation

490 Main St

East Orange, NJ

Tel: 973-266-5315

Open: Tue - Thu 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Thanksgiving Baskets and Holiday Gifts: Serves residents of East Orange, and Orange. Registration starts in Oct. Must provide ID, social security cards, birth certificates, proof of address and income. Christmas gifts are from children ages 1-12. Both programs will be held 1 week before the holiday date.

Maplewood Municipal Welfare

574 Valley St

Maplewood, NJ

Tel: 973-762-8120 ext 2200

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Basket: Maplewood residents in need ONLY. Call and leave a voicemail to schedule an appointment. Someone will call back within a couple business days. This is an ongoing registration and ends three weeks before Thanksgiving.

Saint James Social Service Corporation

604 Martin Luther King Blvd

Newark, NJ 07012

Tel: 973-624-4007

Open: Mon - Fri 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Christmas Basket, Gifts, & Thanksgiving Basket Open to individuals and families of Essex County. Application for Thanksgiving will be one day only on Oct. Please bring picture ID. Christmas application is also one day only in Nov. Please call for information.

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Gloucester County

Delsea Regional High School

242 Fries Mill Rd

Franklinville , NJ

Tel: 856-697-2546

Open: N/A

Holiday Meal: Reservations are required; contact Debra to RSVP. Transportation is available only to Gloucester County residents. The bus will pick up around 9am-10am. Meals On Wheels also available for those who are homebound. Welcomes individuals and families. The meal will take place Thanksgiving Day Nov 23,2017. Hosted by the high school’s Interact Club

King's Things

1402 Kings Hwy

Swedesboro, NJ

Tel: 856-467-1796

Open: Pantry Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00AM - 1:00PM Thrift Store Hours: Mon-Fri - 10:00AM - 7:00PM Sat - 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Thanksgiving and Christmas Vouchers: Food Pantry members are prioritized. Only serves residents of East Greenwich, Logan, South Harrison, Swedesboro, Gibbstown and Woolwich. Please call for application process.

Mothers Cupboard Food Pantry & High School

523 Egg Harbor Road

Washington Township, J

Tel: Alisha 856-589-0520 Ext. 254

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving basket: Washington Township Residents ONLY. Program is through the school district. If you don’t have a child enrolled in school, or you are a senior citizen then you can call for assistance

Our Lady of Peace Church

32 Carroll Ave

Williamstown, NJ

Tel: 856-629-6142

Open: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Please call before to make an appointment and receive a ticket number. Photo ID and proof of residency is required, if over 5 family members must bring proof of lease or household size. Deadline is Nov 15th and distribution is Nov 18th. Serves residents Williamstown

Bethel AME Church

32 Courtland Street

Wood bury, NJ

Tel: 856-845-1965

Open: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Thanksgiving Dinner: 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday, Nov 18th. Reservations required; leave a message with how many people will attend

Hispanic Family Center of Southern NJ *

21 Delaware St

Woodbury, NJ

Tel: 856-848-7150

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Dinner: Please call to RSVP for the dinner. Call for specific details

Bethel AME Church

32 Courtland Street

Woodbury, NJ

Tel: 856-845-1965

Open: Dec 2nd from 11am - 1pm

Homeless Holiday Brunch: Dec 2nd from 11am – 1pm. Please call for any further questions.

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Hudson County

St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church

57 Eighth St.

Hoboken, NJ

Tel: 201-659-4499

Open: Serving from 8:00am – 12noon

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast : Serving from 8:00am – 12noon Guests can walk-in for breakfast. Volunteers please call first and speak with Ms. Viola.

Hoboken Shelter

300 Bloomfield St

Hoboken, NJ

Tel: 201-656-5069

Open: Dinner starts at 7:15PM, doors open at 5:00PM

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Dinner @ 7:15 PM. Doors open @ 5:00. All welcome. Volunteers needed between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM

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Hunterdon County

St. Magdalen's RCC

105 Mine St

Flemington, NJ

Tel: 908-391-0316

Open: Nov 23rd 2:30PM - 4:30PM

Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Dinner will be held Nov 23rd at 2:30pm-4:30pm. For those unable to attend, please call to schedule a delivery between 11am-2pm. Reservations should be made no later than Nov 17th.

United Way of Hunterdon County holiday Hands Program

20 Fulper Rd

Flemington, NJ

Tel: 908-237-1689

Open: Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Special instructions: Located in the Volunteer Center

Holiday Gifts: For low income individuals and families Call UW and fill out a county resident form.

Readington Division of Social Services

509 Rt. 523

Whitehouse Station , NJ 08889

Tel: 908-534-0974

Open: Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Thanksgiving (register by Nov. 16) and Christmas Baskets Serves Readington Township residents in need. Must call to register.

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Mercer County


116 North Main St

Hightstown, NJ 08520

Tel: 609-443-4464

Open: Mon-Thu 9:00AM -1:00PM, 2:00PM-4:00PM Fri 9:00AM-1:00PM

Holiday gift program, Thanksgiving basket: Program is only for residents of East Windsor and Hightstown. Please call to register for the Thanksgiving and Holiday gift program. Children must be under 17 years of age to receive gifts. Please call for an appointment and details on specific documents required.

West Windsor Township Social Services

271 Clarksville Rd

Princeton Junction, NJ

Tel: 609-799-9068

Open: Mon - Fri 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Christmas Basket and Thanksgiving: Program is offered to low-income senior residents (55 and older) of West Windsor. Call to speak with the director, Ms. Donna, for application details.

Mt. Carmel Guild

73 North Clinton Ave

Trenton , NJ

Tel: 609-392-3402

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Baskets; toys for the holidays for their clients only. Food Pantry always accepting new clients, does not automatically register you for holiday programs. Call for more information.

Catholic Charities Emergency Serives

132 N Warren St

Trenton, NJ 08608

Tel: 609-394-8847

Open: Food Pantry Hours: Mon, Tues, Thu 9:00AM- 11:30AM

Pantry Thanksgiving Baskets Christmas Toys Call to apply for programs. Must be a county resident. New clients must apply during Food Pantry hours. They are in need of donations to assist present clients.

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Middlesex County

United Way of Central Jersey

Tel: 732-247-3727 ext. 23

Open: N/A

Gifts of the Season : Distributes gifts through agencies and helps individuals who call; families must prove residency and be receiving social service assistance. There is currently a waiting list, not accepting new applications.

South Brunswick Social Services Dept

540 Ridge Rd

Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

Tel: 732-329-4000 ext. 7674

Open: N/A

Holiday gift program; Thanksgiving and holiday Food Box: Must be a resident of South Brunswick and show a need for assistance. Application form required for all programs. Registration deadline for Thanksgiving is Nov 20th. Holiday Program for will also provide a food box and if there are children in need may receive holiday gifts, ages birth to twelfth grade. Must call ahead to apply for programs.

Salvation Army Perth Amboy

433 State St

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Tel: 732-826-7040

Open: 10:00AM - 4:30PM

Angel Tree: Open to families in need in Perth Amboy. Interested applicants must visit the office to register for the program. Registration is one day only call for information.

Plainsboro Municipal Welfare Dept

641 Plainsboro Rd

Plainsboro, NJ 08536

Tel: 609-799-0909 ext. 1711

Open: N/A

Holiday Wishes Program: Must be resident of Plainsboro; Must be enrolled in their food pantry to receive assistance. Can call be become a recipient for the Food Pantry.

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Monmouth County

Salvation Army

605 Asbury Ave

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Tel: 732-775-8698

Open: Nov 21st at 5pm

Thanksgiving Meal: Nov 21st at 5pm. Open to anyone in need. Call for further information.

Project Paul

211 Carr Ave

Keansburg, NJ 07734

Tel: 732-787-4887

Open: Mon - Fri 10AM - 3PM, Sat 10AM - 2PM

Thanksgiving Basket and Holiday Gifts: Keansburg residents (07734) who are current clients of Project Paul. Call for more information on how to sign-up to become a member. The Holiday program is for clients with children ages birth – 14 years old.

Family and Children's Services

191 Bath Ave

Long Branch , NJ

Tel: 732-222-9111

Open: Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Holiday Gifts: Please call for information. Individuals/families will be sent to voicemail with detailed message specifying dates and times. Donations are gladly accepted from anyone in the community.

St. Luke Church

535 Broadway

Long Branch, NJ

Tel: 732-222-1341

Open: Nov 23rd Noon - 2PM

Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Noon – 2:00 PM All welcome, walk-in service.

Madonna House

1401 Seventh Ave

Neptune , NJ 07753

Tel: 732-775-1140

Open: N/A

Christmas Program: For residents of Monmouth County and Ocean County only. Please go in person to pick up a flyer with information on how to apply. This program is for families with children ages 3-12.

Lunch Break

121 Drs James Parker Blvd

Red Bank, NJ 07701

Tel: 732-747-8577

Open: Nov 23rd from 11AM – 3PM. Christmas Brunch is Dec 25th from 10AM – 12PM.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner: & Christmas Day Brunch All are welcome. Thanksgiving dinner is Nov 23rd from 11am – 3pm. Christmas Brunch is Dec 25th from 10am – 12pm.

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Morris County

Saint Anthony's Church

65 Bartholdi AVe

Butler , NJ 07405

Tel: 973-838-0031

Open: 4th Sat of the month 9:00AM - 11:00AM, If it falls on a holiday, food will be given Saturday before the Holiday.

Christmas & Thanksgiving Baskets: Open to residents in need from Bloomingdale and Butler. Walk ins are accepted. Applications for Thanksgiving basket should register by Nov. Call for more information.

Salvation Army - Dover

76 N Bergen St

Dover, NJ

Tel: 973-366-0764

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Basket, Thanksgiving Luncheon: Residents of Morris County area. The Food Pantry members are eligible to receive a Thanksgiving basket and turkey. There will also be a Thanksgiving luncheon on Nov 18th from 12PM-3PM. Donations and volunteers are always welcome.

Trinity Lutheran Church

123 E. Blackwell St

Dover, NJ 07801

Tel: 973-366-2821

Open: N/A

Meal at 11:30 – 12:30 on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All are welcome; No need to call ahead.

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Ocean County

St. Francis Assissi Parish

4700 Long Beach Blvd

Brant Beach, NJ

Tel: 609-494-8861

Open: Food Pantry Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00AM-2:00PM. Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM, Thu 4:00PM-5:30PM

Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets: Members of the Food Pantry and resident of Southern Ocean County. Families/individuals can sign up with the Food Pantry. Must be able to pick-up. Call for more information.

Lacey United Methodist Church

203 Lacey Rd

Forked River, NJ

Tel: 609-693-5222

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Dinner - 1:00 PM no registration required; all are welcome. Handicap access available. Located in the Fellowship Hall Volunteers needed, Please Call.

Island Heights United Methodist Church

111 Ocean Ave`

Island Heights, NJ

Tel: 732-929-0444

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Dinner Supplies for their food pantry customers.

Catholic Church of St. Martha

3800 Herbertsville Rd

Point Pleasant, NJ

Tel: 732-295-3630

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Dinner pick or request a delivery to nearby area on Nov 23rd .Christmas Dinner– Pick-up or Delivery upon request. Dec 23rd. Call church for more information. Hosted by Knights of Columbus.

St. Gregory's Pantry

804 Bay Ave

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Tel: 732-892-8105

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Elks Lodge at 1:00 pm. Christmas Dinner held at Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Open house from 12-2pm. No reservations needed. Applicants should have referral from church or social service agency

Toms River Church of God

1186 Lakewood Rd

Toms River, NJ 08753

Tel: 732-642-7220

Open: N/A

Holiday Gifts/Toys: Call the church to register to be put on a list. Gifts will be distributed in December. Parents must provide ID when picking up the gifts. For Toms River, Seaside, and Brick residents.

First United Methodist Church of Toms River

129 Chestnut St

Toms River, NJ

Tel: 732-349-8155

Open: Nov 23rd at 1PM

Thanksgiving Dinner: 1:00 PM All are welcome. (You must call to make a reservation)

Christ Episcopal Church

415 Washington St

Toms River, NJ

Tel: 732-925-6766

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Blessing Box includes a full Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the trimmings (must order by first week of November) (ranges from $19-$40, meals can feed from 4-10 people). Christmas Food Box: (must order by 1st week of December) Call for more information. Visit the website to order meals:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

1500 Hooper Ave

Toms River, NJ

Tel: Please RSVP: 732-255-4455

Open: Noon - 4PM

Thanksgiving Day Dinner - Noon – 4:00 PM. All are welcome. Handicap access available.

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Passaic County

Oasis - A - Haven for Women and Children

59 Mill St

Paterson, NJ 07501

Tel: 973-881-8307

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Luncheon– Low Income Families of Passaic County or those who attend Soup Kitchen. Nov 21st starting at 11AM for students only and for the community at 11:30-2:00PM. There will also be a free turkey giveaway.

Miracle World Outreach Ministry

139 Auburn St

Paterson, NJ

Tel: 973-42-0305

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving hot meal service: Meal will be served November. Call for specific date and time.

Salvation Army of Paterson

541 W Broadway

Paterson, NJ 07522

Tel: 973-790-4817

Open: Mon - Fri 10:00AM-4:00PM

Angel Tree Program for families who receive public assistance. Must call for appointment. Serves residents of Paterson Area (Paterson, Wayne, Haledon, North Haledon, Woodland Park, some parts of Wayne and Fairlawn.) Please call to verify and make an appointment.

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Somerset County

United Way of Northern NJ

1011 Route 22 West, 2nd Floor

Bridgewater, NJ

Tel: 908-253-6503

Open: N/A

Gift of Warmth - Accepting donations of new unwrapped toys, books and children’s outwear. Participation in program is strictly through Board of Social Services and Food Bank.

Franklin Township Food Bank

60 Millstone Rd

Somerset, NJ

Tel: 732-246-0009

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving Package: Must be a registered individual or family with the food bank and a resident of Franklin Township.

Somerset County Freeholder

20 Grove St

Somerville, NJ 08876

Tel: 908-231-7000

Open: N/A

Adopt-A-Family - Help provide a Thanksgiving meal to family in your community. Estimated Thanksgiving cost is $40. Please call to inquire information on where you can donate. There are 9 locations were monetary donations can be mailed to. On the memo line of your check, write Adopt-A-Family and the name of the town where you wish your donation to go. -Food Bank Network of Somerset County P.O. Box 149 Bound Brook, NJ 08805 732-560-1813. -Franklin Food Bank P.O. Box 333 Somerset, NJ 08875-0333 732-246-0009. -Feeding Hands Inc., Emmanuel Church 100 Grant Ave Somerville, NJ 08876. -Hillsborough Food Pantry, Attn: Social Services Department 379 South Branch Rd Hillsborough, NJ 08844 908-369-3880. -Reformed Church of Bound Brook P.O. Box 347South Bound Brook, NJ 08880. -SHIP – Samaritan Homeless Interim Program 87 E High St Somerville, NJ 08876.

Samaritan Homeless Interim Program

87 East High St

Somerville, NJ

Tel: 908-393-9545

Open: N/A

Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal - On Thanksgiving and Christmas day meals will be giving to anyone in need at the United Reform Church. 100 W Main St Somerville. The hours of 12:30-1:30pm. Make a donation.

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women(SCCSW)

20 Grove St 3rd floor

Somerville, NJ

Tel: 908-231-7030

Open: Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Project Warm Your Heart: This is a winter clothing drive. Please donate new or gently used coats, mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for needy children. Donations are distributed October 30th to local food pantries and those in need.

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Union County

Plainfield Action Services

510 Watchung Avr

Plainfield, NJ 07060

Tel: 908-753-3519

Open: Mon - Fri 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Christmas Basket & Thanksgiving Basket: Residents with low income of Plainfield. Call or walk in for application. Must provide proof of income, residence, ID, birth certificates, and social security cards. Deadline is last week of Oct 30th.

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Warren County

St Luke's Lutheran Church

214 State Rt. 31 N

Washington , NJ

Tel: 908-689-1976

Open: N/A

Christmas Day Dinner - 12:30 PM. Call to reserve a spot, call also leave a voicemail.

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