Governor Murphy reviews handmade cards from Holmdel public school students with Mayor Greg Buontempo and Committeeman Rocco Impreveduto
Governor Murphy reviews handmade cards from Holmdel public school students with Mayor Greg Buontempo and Committeeman Rocco Impreveduto

Holmdel, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy visited Holmdel Town Hall last week to recognize the generosity of Holmdel’s residents, neighbors, and community partners for their participation in the Township Committee’s Ukraine Medical Supply Drive. Thanks to this donation drive, which began on March 8th and concluded on March 22nd, Holmdel was able to ship 2,185 pounds of critically needed supplies to Ukraine, including 38,000 bandages, 9,000 gloves, 1,000 bottles of over-the-counter pain relievers, 200 back packs, and dozens of handmade cards from Holmdel public school students, many of which were translated into Ukrainian by the students.

During his visit, Governor Murphy reviewed the final boxes being loaded into the truck and thanked Holmdel’s residents for responding to the call for aid. He also thanked Holmdel’s Department of Public Works who spent the past week sorting supplies and packing items for shipment.

Mayor Greg Buontempo reviewing donated items being sorted and packed by Holmdel DPW staff
Mayor Greg Buontempo reviewing donated items being sorted and packed by Holmdel DPW staff

Mayor Buontempo was pleased with the outcome of the donation drive. “Holmdel’s residents are always ready to lend a hand when assistance is needed,” the mayor said. “Residents of all ages, from teenagers to seniors have been dropping off supplies at Town Hall for the past three weeks. We filled an entire room in the basement with items to donate.”

Holmdel’s donated items delivered to the Meest shipping facility
Holmdel’s donated items delivered to the Meest shipping facility

Deputy Mayor Prakash Santhana shared the mayor’s sentiments. “The outpouring of support for the Ukraine Medical Supply Drive from Holmdel residents was overwhelming. Not only did we get over a ton of medical supplies, but also handwritten notes, some in Ukrainian, by our school children to show our solid support.”

Examples of handmade cards from Holmdel public school students
Examples of handmade cards from Holmdel public school students

Committeeman Rocco Impreveduto took part in the governor’s visit and said of the donation drive, “I’m overwhelmed by the unbelievable response from our residents to the Ukraine Aid Drive. They donated more than 2,000 pounds – a literal ton – of supplies to the Ukrainian people during this devastating time. Their compassion and determination to assist those in need is a perfect encapsulation of what I know Holmdel to be.”


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In addition to receiving supplies from Holmdel residents, employees at Bayshore Medical Center, Bell Works, local pharmacies, and students from Holmdel Township’s Indian Hill and Village Schools participated in the drive. Mayor Buontempo also received a call from Somerset Development CEO Ralph Zucker, who provided a generous donation.

(L-R) Deputy Mayor Prakash Santhana, Governor Murphy, Holmdel DPW staff member Hunter Smith, Mayor Greg Buontempo, Committeeman Rocco Impreveduto, Somerset Development CEO Ralph Zucker
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The supplies have been transferred to the shipping company Meest, who will ship them to Lviv, Ukraine. From there the supplies will then be delivered to aid organizations who can distribute them to citizens throughout Ukraine.


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