want to help jersey post sandy? here is how

Jersey Strong on Veteran’s Day even after Sandy. #njsandy Photo comes from Anne Marie Gercke whose family got back into their LBI community to find this family home was too badly flooded to save.

Hi, I am about to post a giant list of who needs what in New Jersey post-Sandy.  A lot of this is focused on North Jersey, but there are some South Jersey places mixed in.

The list came to me from a friend who is a writer in North Jersey and who was affected by the storm. She got the list via Jersey Shore Hurricane News on Facebook.  If you need to contact Jersey Shore Hurricane News e-mail jerseyshorehurricanenews@ gmail.com or visit their page on Facebook for a number that accepts texts.

I am posting this here hoping it reaches people who want to help, but don’t know how. The holidays are upon us, so if local business owners exist who can offer to defray shipping costs for people in the event they want to ship goods to any of these locations, I hope you will pay it forward and step up and contact local media, etc to do so. I have to be honest, some I contacted declined regretfully because the economy is so bad for so many, they just can’t afford it.

For those of you I have seen holding fundraisers and food drives for Sandy victims, I hope this list will help you.


I keep thinking of how hard this also must be on the children of New Jersey affected by this, so if you contact any of these people to donate, find out what the kids need.  After all, Christmas and Hannukkah are coming in addition to Thanksgiving next week. I think New Jersey needs an Operation Santa Claus for kids and families this Christmas in New Jersey, only I do not know how to make it happen.  I hope some who read this post will know how to make it happen and CAN and DO make it happen.


And do not send as a “donation” the garbage you can’t give away in your house.  That includes dirty clothes – as incredulous as you might be at the suggestion, it is actually happening.  And having helped run a charitable donation drive a few years ago that actually earned me and others a congressional commendation from Jim Gerlach, I can tell you how awkward it is to be collecting for people in need and you have people donating things that are unusable and then you have to in essence pay to dispose of someone else’s trash. I am sorry if that sounds harsh, but please follow the rule of thumb that it be something you personally could use if the tables were turned. The Asbury Park Press also seems to be very helpful in guiding people onto how to help.

Another thing, there is a whole population that is displaced in parts of New Jersey that you are not hearing about in the news.  Those who qualify as special classes and may be disadvantaged emotionally, mentally, and/or physically.  A lot of these people not only depend on public assistance, but live in subsidized housing on and individual as well as in groups.

I also noticed that finally someone in New Jersey government woke up and realized that mothballed Fort Monmouth could indeed be re-opened to provide some interim housing to homeless New Jersey residents post-Sandy.

Fort Monmouth to house hundreds of evacuees

 10:23 PM, Nov. 12, 2012

New Jersey officials were readying a shuttered military base to temporarily house residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy….Fort Monmouth will be taken out of mothballs and could house 400 to 600 families. Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable said families could begin moving in by month’s end.

Hopefully Fort Monmouth won’t become Katrina’s trailer issue and they just get it done.

Anyway, hope this post helps. I know it is a crappy economy and many are suffering, but these people in a lot of cases have lost everything. Pay it forward.  If you can’t afford to help, or have nothing to donate, pass the information along to someone who can.

new jersey.

Keyport, NJ

Sandy destroyed so much.  She is like the Katrina of the Jersey shore.  I have a lot of friends in New Jersey, especially North Jersey.  One of my closest friends in the world just buried her mother and lives in Holmdel.  Her entire town is without power. I have friends in Hoboken, Long Branch (and communities around Long Branch), Summit,  Jersey City, you name it.

One of my friend’s daughter’s friends, a sweet girl named Brianna has sent me a couple of photos of Keyport, NJ.  Have you ever seen a boat on what appears to be a bridge of some sort?

Brianna texted to me “It’s been rough over here.  I know a lot of people in Keyport and 75% of them have lost their houses. It’s so sad.”

Very grown up and sobering words from a young girl who should be with her pals at a Saturday night football game or a dance or even hanging at the mall instead of watching devastation all around her.

If you want to help and give to the Red Cross text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. Or Call 1-800-435-7669.

I am sure there are other groups you can donate to who will be sending aid to NJ, just make sure they are legitimate.  We all learned from Katrina that when disaster hits, the scam boogers do too.

I see the photos of Avalon, Cape May, Ocean City, and Stone Harbor where I spent a lot of time growing up. I cried like a baby when I saw my friend’s grandmother’s house on Chelsea Place in Ocean City weathered the storm without any noticible damage…and when I saw what the storm did to the road and bridge between Avalon and Stone Harbor.

We were so incredibly lucky by comparison.

To my Jersey girls (and guys), hang in.

post sandy: downed wires in glenmoore, upper uwchland

I promised that I would post Sandy photos if they were sent to sandysnaps @ spamex . com

Here are a couple from Glenmoore.  They come from Dawn and Ed Mourar with the following message:

“As of 2 pm on 10/31, these lines remain untouched and on the ground.”

Now I know PECO is slammed, but I sent the photos to a contact anyway (and of course out that way, it might not be PECO, it might be PPL).  What I don’t understand is why Upper Uwchland has not at least hazard taped this area off? They could be live wires, right?

Glenmoore isn’t that big, so hopefully someone knows where this is. The one drawback for me is a location other than Glenmoore did not come with the photos. If anyone knows the exact location, please post a comment.

Remember – PLEASE DON’T TOUCH DOWNED WIRES.  Leave it to the professionals.

sayonara, sandy

Indian River Bridge in DE

Indian River Bridge in DE

Mind you I think the other shoe has yet to fall on many trees around here – the ground is so saturated and those winds yesterday were fierce.  I thought at times the wind sounded like a freight train.

The mandatory evacuation remains in effect. No entry to Avalon is permitted until further notice.
Photo taken Tuesday by Avalon Public Information Officer Scott Wahl.

Dewey Beach DE

We are very fortunate that we are not in DE,  NJ or NY (Long Island and NY especially).

I have friends and family in all of those places and I am glad they are safe, although many have no power.

The photos I have found here and there.

Cars swimming in the financial district of NYC post Sandy

Atlantic City, NJ

Outside my friend’s apartment in Jersey City, NJ

From Main Line Media News – death of a Penn Oak :<(