Tuesday, October 04, 2005

New Jersey Katrina/Rita Relief Part 2

Back in Sept. I compiled a list of locations for Katrina donations. Relief efforts in NJ for Gulf coast victims may have slowed but are still going on, and here are some of the current programs in place:

State of NJ list of organizations is here.

VolunteerMatch.org: to sign up to volunteer here.

Operation Lean On Me: Needs kitchen utensils, linens, towels, pots and pans, flatware, school supplies, children's backpacks, daipers, wipes, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, baby formula, cereal, baby food, pet food but no dishes or clothing. Mail operationleanonme at yahoo.com , or bring to Colonial Fire Co. At 801 Kuser Road Hamilton. Cash donations are accepted (make check to "Operation Lean On Me" to Yardville Nat'l Bank, 2465 Kuser Road, Hamilton Square NJ 08690 attn: David Davis.

Rutgers University-Camden has several ongoing relief efforts listed here.

Kids of Katrina: Started by a Warren Township Middle schooler, this group is seeking school groups to collect donations of new (and nearly new) backpacks filled with age-appropriate new contents. Deadline is Oct. 29 between 8 a.m. and noon to bring items to Feed The Children Distribution Center, 1111 Corporate Road, North Brunswick. For information, call (732) 565-0136

The Farmers' Market in Bound Brook will serve as a drop-off site for donations every Saturday from Sept. 17 through Oct. 29 at its location in the New Jersey Transit lot on Main Street. Donations of bottled water, nonperishable foods, can openers, hygiene products, medical kits, bug repellent, baby supplies, pet supplies, cots, new pillows and new sheets can be brought to the farmers' market site, which will accept donations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.

Girl Scouts of Bergen County are making Health Kits. Please place the following items in a one gallon zip-lock plastic bag:One hand towel, One bar of soap (bath size,) One wash cloth, One toothbrush, One comb, One 4-7 oz. tube of tooth paste, One nail file or nail clipper, and Six bandaids. Health Kit donations will be collected at the Meadowlands 5K Run/Walk on October 23, 2005.

Operation HELP's Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts include an ongoing food drive. Jacob's Chapel and Christian Kids Network Inc., 316 Elbo Lane Mt Laurel NJ. For more information and drop-off times, call (856) 235-7900

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