Red Bank, NJ – The Community YMCA is collecting and providing relief items for area hurricane victims from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Friday, Nov. 9 in the parking lot of its Family Health & Wellness Center located 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. this week or until supplies last.

Additionally, the Y’s 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 Community YMCA is deeply saddened by the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy on our members, employees, friends and our entire community,” said President and CEO Rhonda Anderson. “As an organization dedicated to strengthening community, we will work together to overcome this tragedy.”

The following items are being collected for Hurricane victims:

  • School supplies
  • Non-perishable food such as canned or dried fruits, vegetables, soup, tomatoes, pasta sauce, juice and juice boxes, shelf-stable fruit, dried beans, canned meats (chicken, tuna, salmon), peanut butter, nuts, whole grain crackers, oatmeal, cereal, brown rice, evaporated milk or shelf-stable milk and baby 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.

Christian Buckman, a member of the Y’s Health & Wellness Board of Management and a long-time member of the Y is coordinating the Y’s collection drive. “The Y is always here for  our community,” Buckman said. “The collection is one way we can help provide comfort to families who need us.”

Anderson said the Y is grateful for the outpouring of support from members, the community and other YMCAs who have responded to the collection.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone recovering from the storm,” she said.