In an effort to raise funds to rebuild New Jersey’s infamous coastline and to help those who may have lost everything due to Hurricane Sandy, First Financial is dedicating our monthly Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean post for November to providing a list of ways you can lend a helping hand for those who are in need.
- Purchase a “Restore The Shore” t-shirt and/or a sweatshirt for a nominal donation at Restore the Shore’s website, or skip the clothing and just make a donation. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. We encourage you to “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!
- A donation site was set up at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road (Route 520) in Lincroft from morning until dusk where water bottles, non-perishable food, pet food, new clothing, blankets and personal hygiene items are needed. Items will be sorted and taken to three distribution sites in Monmouth County which will be announced as the items have arrived at those locations. For more information, please visit this site.
- The American Red Cross has provided more than 23,000 overnight shelter stays since Saturday to those communities in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffering from widespread power outages, wind damage and significant flooding from Superstorm Sandy. More than 9,000 people stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters across 13 states and more than 100,800 meals and snacks have been served. They are asking for any amount of monetary donation to help shelter and feed those who are now homeless. You can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999). You can also visit www.itunes.com/redcross for another way to donate to the American Red Cross!
- The Save the Children organization has provided staff and resources to hardest-hit areas of New Jersey to ensure children’s needs are addressed in the aftermath of the superstorm. Save the Children has a strong track record of responding to emergencies in the region. They are in need of donations to help them protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families. Donate now to the Hurricane Sandy Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children’s responses to ongoing and urgent needs as a result of the storm.
- Nearly 100 American Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit their website.
- The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas and are looking for donations to help continue their efforts. “At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army,” the organization said Tuesday in a press release. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. To confirm the donation, respond with the word “Yes.”
- Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.
- Many pet owners were able to take their pets with them, but for those who were not, the Humane Society’s Animal Rescue Team is assembling staff and equipment to help rescue pets in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. To donate, call 301-258-8276 or visit the Humane Society of the United States.
- AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org.
- World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.
For dozens of other organizations that you can donate to, please visit this NBC’s website and ABC’s website. Please know that First Financial is here to help and our thoughts are with you as you begin to recover and rebuild from Hurricane Sandy.
Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more ways you can get involved and help bring our community back to life!