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*Below are some ways that you can volunteer, donate or contribute to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief this weekend and through Thanksgiving:*


***UNION BEACH VOLUNTEER CLEAN-UP & DEBRIS REMOVAL** - *Any volunteers willing & able to do heavy lifting and strenuous recovery efforts can report to Union Beach Borough Hall, 650 Poole Avenue in Union Beach, on Sunday November 18th at 9:30am to 2:00pm. Please bring the following if you can: waterproof gloves, waterproof boots, warm clothing, tarps, shovels and rakes, flashlights or head lamps and cleaning supplies. Dust masks will be provided.

***SEA BRIGHT DISASTER CLEAN-UP** - *Project RebuildRecover needs volunteers looking to help clean-up areas of Sea Bright. You can report to 47 Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank. Volunteers are needed to help organize and sort through donations. For more info, please go to <>.

***BELMAR DISASTER RELIEF**- *Belmar/Lake Como area is continuously in need of volunteers to help in their relief efforts. Volunteers can go to Belmar Borough Hall, 601 Main Street in Belmar where you'll get a wristband and an assignment. If you are turned away at any relief shelter or are in doubt as to where to volunteer for a continuous effort, Belmar will put you to work! *UPDATE: BELMAR SEEKING COOKS/FOOD SERVICE VOLUNTEERS:* Professional food service vendors who wish to volunteer on-site outdoor cooking operations and food service delivery should contact April Claudio at 732-681-3700 <tel:732-681-3700>.

***MIDDLETOWN SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR CLEAN-UP** - *Volunteers who are not already assigned elsewhere should report to the Town Hall Court Room, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, at 2 p.m. Saturday for deployment. Bring work gloves and sturdy boots.

***KEANSBURG NEEDS VOLUNTEERS** - *Volunteers are needed to sort/move materials & donations at Keansburg H.S. and Bolger Middle School, 100 Palmer Place, in Keansburg anytime from 8:00AM - 7:00PM. For more info, please call (732) 787-2007 <tel:%28732%29%20787-2007>

***HIGHLANDS DISASTER RELIEF** - * Highlands Borough was devastated from Sandy and needs immediate volunteers to assist in two locations:

·Volunteers are needed for clothes and food sorting at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 121 Miller Street,
in Highlands. For more info, please call the church at (732) 872-1179 <>

·Volunteers are needed for heavy lifting and removal this weekend between 10am and 12pm at the Borough's skate park, on Bay Avenue and Snugg Harbor Road (across from Huddy Park). Please bring work gloves, work boots, and any recovery equipment you can bring. Pick-up trucks, removal vehicles, chainsaws, and gas containers are greatly preferred! This will include strenuous work, so please take appropriate caution.

*ATTN: Legal Professionals, Lawyers and Attorneys -* There is a call for lawyers or any legal professional to assist people and businesses in filling out their FEMA applications. This is very important in order to get much-needed assistance into the hands of those affected by the storm asap by making sure all applications have their i's dotted and t's crossed. If you can help with this, please contact Eric Brophy, Esq. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.

*TEMP OFFICES AVAILABLE FOR DISPLACED BUSINESSES! *The Springwood Avenue Senior Center in Asbury Park is offering free temporary office space to any businesses that have been displaced by the hurricane. Clean, small wifi-enabled offices are available now. Please reply to this email for more info.




Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting <>, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767 <tel:%281-800-733-2767>) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. They can also use the "donate" feature on the free Red Cross Apps for mobile devices <> to support this relief response. Contributions may also be sent to local Red Cross chapters <> or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


The Middletown Emergency Relief Center located at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, needs non-perishable food items to assist residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations can be dropped off this weekend from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Due to overwhelming response, clothing will not be accepted.

***KEANSBURG HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTING DONATIONS** *- Keansburg High School, 140 Port Monmouth Road, Keansburg, NJ 07734 is in need of the following items: Blankets & Towels; Cleaning Supplies; Pull-Ups and Diapers, especially sizes 5 & 6; Garbage Bags; Socks and Totes.


The Community YMCA in Red Bank is collecting and providing relief items for area hurricane victims from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday in the parking lot of its Family Health & Wellness Center at 166 Maple Ave., Red Bank.Families in need of relief items, such as food, water and clothing are welcome to stop by the Y anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Doors are open during normal hours of operation to those in the community seeking a shower, WI-FI, a place to recharge cell phones or simply a warm place to relax. Residents are asked to bring their own towels and toiletries.The following items are being collected for Hurricane victims: School supplies, non-perishable food; hygiene products including toothpaste, deodorant, soap, moist towels, face towels and sanitary protection; cleaning supplies; gently used or new coats, sweat pants, sweat shirts, socks and newly purchased underwear still in its packaging.

***HUMANE SOCIETY ACCEPTING DONATIONS**- *The Associated Humane Society is in need of blankets, towels and cleaning supplies. Please drop off any donations to their offices at 2960 Shafto Road in Tinton Falls.

***MONMOUTH REFORM TEMPLE ACCEPTING GIFT CARDS FOR SEA BRIGHT***- Monmouth Reform Temple of Tinton Falls, NJ, is organizing a gift card drive to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy in Sea Bright, NJ, and neighboring towns. MRT's gift card drive will run through Jan. 1, 2013. Gift cards from are preferred in any increment of $25 (i.e. $25, $50, $75, $100, etc.), and must be clearly labeled with their dollar value. Please mail cards to Monmouth Reform Temple, 332 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724. For more information please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. Individuals are also invited to make donations by check directly to MRT's gift card drive; gift cards will be purchased with the funds. Checks should be made payable to Monmouth Reform Temple with "Sea Bright Gift Card Drive" noted in the memo.

***MONMOUTH SPCA IS A DISTRIBUTION CENTER FOR EMERGENCY PET FOOD & COLLECTING DONATIONS***- The Monmouth County SPCA is collecting donations to help the animals of displaced families in the area as well as the animals that reside at the Homeward Bound Adoption Center. In addition to the extra donations needed, the Monmouth County SPCA Maureen O'Brien Thrift Store will be temporarily converted to serve as the organization's Pet Pantry emergency pet food distribution center. The center will be open daily seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for families that are in need of emergency pet food or some related supplies as well for accepting any donations. If you are unable to travel to the Eatontown address and are in need of pet food for your animals please call 732-542-5342 <tel:732-542-5342> for help.


The Township of Marlboro is collecting much-needed items for the towns of Union Beach & Keansburg, which were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Please bring winter coats, hats, canned goods and other items to Marlboro Township Hall on Monday, November 19, 2012. Items collected will be delivered on or before Thanksgiving.

***WESTERN MONMOUTH DONATION COLLECTION** - *A Donation Collection will take place again, on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Byron Johnson Park in Allentown, NJ. Just look for the giant tractor trailer. Items will then be transported to Thompson Park in Lincroft, where sorting and distributing to those in need takes place. Item lists change based on need, but non-perishable items are always accepted.

***ST. WILLIAM CHURCH IN HOWELL NOW A DISTRIBUTION CENTER IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS***- St. William the Abbot Church, 2740 Lakewood-Allenwood Road in Howell, is now a Hurricane Crisis Distribution Center, located in the Ramtown area of Howell. If you are unable to get there and are in need, please call them at 732-840-3535 <tel:732-840-3535>. They are open from 10am to 4pm. They are accepting non-perishable food, baby items, cleaning supplies, water, toiletries, small denomination grocery gift cards, monetary gifts, and store gift cards. Volunteers needed as well.

***UNION BEACH DISASTER RELIEF FUND***- Union Beach Borough Hall has established the 'Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund'. Any/all donations can be sent to Borough Hall in Union Beach at 650 Poole Ave c/o Borough Clerk. Also, they are still seeking donations of any kind, including gift cards from Shop Rite in $20 increments, baby clothes, toys, diapers, formula, men & women's clothing & undergarments.

***THE SAINT in AP ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR DISASTER RELIEF** - *Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund and Health & Wellness Drive efforts are underway at The Saint nightclub, located at 601 Main St. and Monroe Ave, in Asbury Park. If you would like to help and can make a donation or contribution, drop-off all Health & Wellness Relief items or cash donations during The Saint's regularly scheduled business hours, doors 7-8pm to 2am.

Items, products and essentials most needed include: bath soaps, shampoo, conditioner, aspirin, toothpaste, toothbrushes, candles, Tylenol, band aids, antiseptic, hairbrushes, hair accessories, moisturizers, bleach, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, warm blankets, shaving kits, flashlights, batteries, pumice stones, loofahs, bath sponge, socks & underwear, tee shirts, boxer shorts, lighters, matches, tweezers, scissors, perfume, make-up, manicure kits, multi-purpose soaps...and for the massive clean-up effort underway, also needed are work and latex gloves, hand sanitizers, mops and cleaning products, rakes, shovels, heavy duty and contractor garbage bags, Windex, duct tape, packing tape, essential oils, incense, sharpie markers and/or cash contributions for direct support to help with the massive clean-up and restoration project now underway, running for as long as relief is needed.

*100% of ALL proceeds*to be distributed to non-profits to directly help and provide relief to those who need it the most impacted and/or displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Drop off in person at: The Saint, 601 Main Street in Asbury Park or mail to: The Saint/Hurricane Sandy Relief at P.O. Box 427, Belmar, New Jersey 07719.

***LOCAL RED BANK BUSINESS COLLECTING DONATIONS** - */Sounds-to-Go DJs,/in cooperation with Move For Hunger, is collecting food, clothing, and toiletries for locals in need. Donations can be dropped off at 21 East Front Street. Needed items are: Shampoo, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes; sanitizer, deodorant, lotion, feminine hygiene products; diapers, towels, clothing, blankets, pillows; games & toys.

***BAYSHORE DISASTER RELIEF** - *The Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, working in partnership with Raine Foundation and Chamber businesses, has established the Beacon of Hope Distribution Center to assist the residents of the Bayshore towns impacted by the Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy.

The NMCC Beacon of Hope Distribution Center is accepting donations of food and clothing at 3106 Route 35, in the former Children's Wear store at the Staples shopping center in Hazlet, NJ. The Center will be the hub for the food, clothing and household items to be donated to help the displaced residents. Items will be sorted & distributed directly to the affected residents and to organizations for distribution within their network. The Center will be open from 9am to 9pm each day for donation drop offs and pickup. Local residents who are in need may come to the NMCC Beacon of Hope Distribution Center to select items that they need. Area businesses are providing staff, materials and services to assist the efforts.

As of today,***the Beacon of Hope distribution center is in need of the following*:

Diapers (larger than size 3)
Cleaning Supplies (Especially anything with bleach in it)
Work Gloves
Laundry Detergent
Paper Products (Plates, Plastic Forks, Knives etc)
Paper Towels
Flash Lights

Please bring all items to:
Children's Wear
3106 Route 35 (Corner of Rt. 35 and Hazlet Ave)
Hazlet, NJ
Hours are 9am-9pm


*- The *Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties*, **3300 New Jersey 66, Neptune Township, NJ***is in need of the following items:

·Meals in a can

·Canned tuna


·Canned fruits and vegetables

·Canned soup

·Shelf-stable milk


·Baby food (no glass jars)


For more info, please call (732) 918-2600