MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Middletown Disaster Relief Fund (MDRF), an independent 501(c)3, marks the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy by thanking all of the donors and volunteers who have made a difference in helping our friends and neighbors in Middletown to help rebuild.
“On behalf of myself and the volunteer board of the MDRF, I would like to thank everyone for their kindness and generosity during this very difficult year. While we realize that there is still so much more to be done, we are very grateful to the hundreds of donors and volunteers who have made such a tremendous difference during one of the most trying times in our town’s history,” said MDRF President and founder Tony Fiore. Middletown Township Committeeman Fiore served as Mayor when Superstorm Sandy hit.
To date, the MDRF has helped to distribute over $625,000 in assistance to those most affected by Superstorm Sandy including:
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- Approximately $90,000 in Target gift cards distributed to over 900 families thanks a singular private donation.
- $160,000 in Home Depot gift cards to 160 families who sustained substantial damage.
- $300,000 in grants to approximately 180 families in partnership with the New Monmouth Baptist Church through a grant provided by the Robin Hood Foundation.
- A $10,000 grant sponsored by CareOne to a Port Monmouth volunteer firefighter whose home was severely damaged by the flooding caused by the storm.
- $15,000 to the Port Monmouth Fire Company for purchase of air cascade system that was destroyed by the storm.
- $15,000 to the Belford Engine Company to help rebuild their firehouse which was severely flooded by the storm.
- $20,000 to the New Monmouth Baptist Church to purchase supplies for volunteer labor to use in the cleanup and rebuilding of damaged homes.
- Approximately $18,000 in assistance to the Bayshore Village Senior Citizen Housing Corporation.