Brett Hansen, a 28-year old Toms River police officer, was involved in a car accident last month and sustained serious injuries -- he lost one eye and is fighting for sight in the other.

The crash on the Parkway happened four days after the new year. Brett hit a tractor-trailer and suffered severe facial injuries. Doctors, at first, weren't even sure he would survive. Now Brett has years of therapy and recovery ahead of him.

For the full story about the accident, CLICK HERE.

Communities throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties are reaching out to help this young police officer. Here are FOUR ways you can help:

First, TD Bank is getting involved in fundraising on Brett's behalf at many of its locations.

You can make your donations (bring in your change!) starting on Monday, Feb. 27th through Friday, March 3rd at the these TD Bank stores:

-- 1101 Hooper Ave., Toms River

-- 4000 Rt. 37 E. (Ortley Beach), Seaside Heights

-- 849 Fischer Blvd., Toms River

-- 2292 Hooper Ave., Brick

-- SW Corner of Rt. 9 & Clover Road, Toms River

-- 10 Mule Road, Toms River

-- 3301 Bridge Ave., Point Pleasant

Then on Friday, March 3rd, at 4 pm, you can meet the folks in Brett's PBA as the bank presents them with a check for Brett in the Point Pleasant branch (3301 Bridge Ave.) PBA members say Brett is a great kid and hope you will consider donating to help him fight his battle.

(Brett Hansen, photo courtesy of Officer Kyle Martucci)
(Brett Hansen, photo courtesy of Officer Kyle Martucci)
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Brett's mom, who is battling stage-4 cancer, is grateful for any support you can give her beloved son as he fights through more surgeries and the years it will take to recover.

TD Bank says that along with your support, they will contribute a meaningful donation.

A second way you can contribute to Brett's cause is to attend the Team Hansen Charity Game: Toms River PD vs Camden County PD this Saturday, Feb. 18th, 7 pm at Winding River Skating Center, 1211 Whitesville Road, Toms River. Donation is $10.

The third way you can contribute is to attend a Benefit to support Brett Hansen on Sunday, April 2nd, 4- 8 pm, at the Headliner in Neptune. Live entertainment by Suspended Justice, free buffet, gift auction and happy hour prices. Tickets are being sold in advance at $20 a ticket, along with 50/50 tickets and gift auction tickets. Contact Carrie Weinerman for tickets: carrie.weinerman@yahoo.com, or call 732-600-7476.

And, finally, you can donate online by CLICKING HERE.

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