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Jerry CarinoAsbury Park Press

Kevin Garrison was organizing the Thanksgiving food and clothing drive for his Bayshore-based charity, Blessing Bag Brigade, and he put out a call for several items. One of them was thermal underwear.

“This woman contacted us and said, ‘We bought pairs 100 of them,’ and I said, ‘OK, thanks,’” Garrison said. “When I really gave it thought, I said, ‘Holy crap.’ That’s like $1,000.”

Turns out, the story was even better than Garrison thought. The thermals were donated by the Marino family of Freehold Township, and a large chunk was paid for by teenage siblings Dan Marino, 17, and CeCe Marino, 14.

“The kids took money from their savings accounts to do it,” Garrison said. “And they wrote individual notes on every pair of thermals.”

A spiking pandemic, high unemployment and a hurting economy present unusual challenges for goodwill groups t