Middletown Reformed Church on Kings Highway for our 2009 Red Bank CROP Walk. It really says it all. Now, in 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy we can walk with our neighbors here in Monmouth County and work with them to recover from the devastating damage to their homes and their lives. Church World Service has already responded in many ways to help with relief in this time of emergency. Disasters come in all types and sizes and as we know this is the largest natural disaster to ever hit New Jersey. Families, communities, schools, faith groups, businesses - all are working as fast as they can to help survivors to regain electric and the basic services needed to move on to the recovery stage of this event. There are so many ways to help and so many organizations ready and willing to help if you are in need. You can volunteer in your neighborhood, or in near by communities. You can volunteer with your church or school. If you don't know where to help and you have even a few hours to volunteer, here is a place to start .
There is a distribution center in Hazlet located in the old Children's Wear building at 3106 Route 35 South. 200 volunteers are needed on a daily basis to help distribute donated clothing, shoes and food staples. It is a network organized by the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce in a partnership called Beacon of Hope. The center is open daily and organizers have no idea how long they will be needed as the need is so great. Please check their FaceBook Page to get updates on what is needed. Volunteers will be utilized in appropriate ways taking into consideration age and ability. Even if you are under age 18 you are encouraged to help. Go as a family. Go with your friends. Don't just talk about helping. PLEASE find a way to help.
We'll try to share more information here and on our Facebook Page. We think of our CROP Walkers and hope you have all fared well with Hurricane Sandy and the nor*easter. Be Safe. Please HELP those in need.