KEANSBURG, NJ - On November 21, 2012, an 80-foot tractor-trailer will arrive in Lincroft NJ filled with donations of food, water, clothing, diapers, baby formula, cleaning supplies, and pet supplies. These donations are for victims of Hurricane Sandy and have been generously donated by overwhelming charitable contributions from residents of Rhode Island and Connecticut.
The truck is scheduled to drop off at 9am Wednesday morning at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.
This project started as the brainchild of Charity Henderson, of Westerly, RI, a mom of 3, who wanted to find a way to help. Her original plan was to rent a U-haul and try to fill it with donations, and deliver them with her husband on Thanksgiving Day. As word spread, donations came pouring in. One of the donations is the use of an 80-foot tractor-trailer and driver! Before Ms. Henderson knew it, there were seven different drop-off spots, articles in the local newspaper, and radio interviews. Her slogan became “Rhode Island and Connecticut: the smallest states with the biggest hearts”
Henderson originally wanted to make a general donation to the Jersey Shore area, but then a friend of hers met someone from one of the affected Jersey Shore towns and the project became more personal. Dr. Harvey's, manufacturer of high quality natural pet products, is located in Keansburg NJ and so are several of their employees, one of whom was visiting Stonington Feed in Mystic CT just after the storm. When owners Genevieve Triplett and John Creaturo, heard about the storm's devastation, they immediately thought to put Dr. Harvey's and Charity Henderson together.
Team Charity, New England Division- consists of Jenna Triplett (countless hours of boxing, sorting, and donation collecting), Anthony Russo (donated truck and CDL driver), Gregory Russo, Andrew Bickford, and Robert Henderson (shrink wrapped and loaded the entire truck, plus driving down to unload), and Richard Christina and Athena Serr (part of the driving team)
Lori Carscadan, of Dr. Harvey's, has been working on the NJ end of the delivery. She will act as their personal liaison for Henderson’s group, giving them a tour of the effected areas.
Volunteers from Dr. Harvey's will greet the truck on Wednesday to help unload and organize the many generous donations.
Anyone interested in meeting the truck and thanking these wonderful people or wanting help unload the truck can contact:
or call Dr. Harvey's at 732-291-8600.