Help pouring in for storm victims

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – It didn’t take long for donations to be collected in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The Middle Township Police Department teamed up with the American Red Cross, Cape May County chapter, to collect supplies for storm victims from Saturday through Wednesday.

People donated canned goods, new blankets and travel-sized hygiene supplies. The Red Cross also requested monetary donations.

Police Det. Mark Higginbottom said several hundreds of canned goods were donated for the cause.

The supplies were expected to be taken to the Red Cross office in Cape May Court House today (Thursday, Nov. 8).

Higginbottom conceived the idea of the donation drive and brought it to Chief Chris Leusner.

Elsewhere in Cape May County, donation boxes for Holy Redeemer food pantry of Middle Township were put at Cape May County library branches.

Non-perishable food, paper and hygiene products are being collected.

Some of the premium donations, like paper towels, would be donated to Hurricane Sandy victims, said Marion Matticola, who is the food pantry coordinator at Holy Redeemer.

Water has been collected from the Cape May County Court House library, she said.

People have even donated money to Holy Redeemer.

“It is stepped up ever since the hurricane,” she said.

Food is available for pickup at the pantry once a month. The site is at 1801 Route 9 North in Swainton.

For more information, call 465-2082.

Atlantic Cape Community College students are also being offered help.

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation established the fund last week, and as of Tuesday, the account has just under $3,000.

More than 1,900 Atlantic Cape students live on the barrier island communities, according to a press release from the college.

The Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students will help students who need to replace books, computer equipment, clothing and food, and to cover commuting costs and other necessities.

“The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation is grateful to all who can help our students who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Diane McKoy of Mays Landing, Atlantic Cape Foundation president.

To donate to the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, see or send a check payable to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation to: Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, 08210-1972.

For more information, contact Patricia Gentile, executive director, Atlantic Cape Foundation, at 463-4507 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

– Alex Davis

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