Ways to help Sandy relief efforts - Edition of Dec. 20, 2012

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Yoga event benefits Hurricane Sandy relief

Off the Mat, Into New Jersey for Hurricane relief noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd. The session will kick off with a short video on the aftermath and devastation. An admission fee of $25 is requested, although no one will be turned away. Proceeds benefit the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and Global Green USA. To register see www.exhalespa.com/AtlanticCity. Guests are encouraged to bring a new toy or gift for families in need. Doors open 11 a.m. See www.exhalespa.com/AtlanticCity or www.offthematintotheworld.org/new-jersey/event/.

Aid for pets of Hurricane Sandy

Newkirk Family Veterinarians is holding a pet food drive to assist families affected by Hurricane Sandy and their pets. Donations of pet food, blankets, toys, collars leashes, beds, etc. will be collected at the Newkirk office, 3085 English Creek Ave. in Egg Harbor Township, and will be delivered on Christmas Eve to Hurricane Sandy relief centers. For information call (609) 645-2120.

Hope in the Midst of Crisis series

A Hope in the Midst of Crisis teaching and sharing series for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy will be held6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdaysat Linwood Community Church, 1838 Shore Road, in Linwood. It will address how to move forward with life and the challenges of dealing with the devastation and finding God in the midst of crisis. Call (609) 927-2950.


Food Drive

Sen. Jim Whalen's office, 511 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township, is serving as a collection site for holiday food donations. Most wanted are nonperishable food such as meals in a can, peanut butter, canned tuna, fruit, vegetables and soup, granola bars and cereal. The office is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (609) 383-1388 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


A Hundred for Hurricane Relief

News 40 anchorwoman Michelle Dawn Mooney is on a quest to raise a $100,000 to help area hurricane victims. To help, downloading her song "Rescue Me" on iTunes for 99 cents. See http://www.nbc40.net/story/20058091/nbc-40-thanks-south-jersey-for-hurricane-sandy-support.


Disaster relief new toy drive

Galloway Community Services is holding a toy drive for children affected by the hurricane. Drop off new unwrapped toys to Galloway Community Services, VeteransMemorial Park, 636 S. New York Road, Galloway 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday or in the evening Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13. Call (609) 652-8657.

Rock for Recovery 

A Rock 4 Recovery benefit concert for Restore the Shore will be held 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Atlantic City's Hard Rock Café, 1000 Boardwalk at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. See www.restoretheshore.com. There will be multiple bands spanning various genres including Dogz of Zeus, SensaMotion Band, Kenny Young Band, August in Alaska, Soul Pole, Terri Showers from Bubba Mac Band, and The Rivals and Mosaic. Hosted by Joe and Scott from 100.7 WZXL's “Joe and Scott in the Morning Show.” Tickets are $20 at the door or can be purchased in advance at www.acrocksolid.com.

 Hurricane Sandy Concerts
The Fellowship of Churches will sponsor two Hurricane Sandy concert benefits. The first is 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Shiloh Baptist Church and Community Life Center, 701 Atlantic Ave., the other is 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at St. Peter’s Methodist Church, 501 E. Eighth St., Ocean City, (609) 399-2988. Featuring R&B vocalist Terri Showers and Chosen, Mandy Decker, Teddy Dawkins, Leon Hart, Gina Roche and others.

Benefit for displaced Acme associates

A benefit for Acme associates displaced by Sandy will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Somers Point Fire Hall, 1 W. New Jersey Ave., Somers Point. Tickets are $25 at the door. Turning Point will be performing. See Facebook page Benefit for Displaced Acme associates.


ARC no longer accepting certain donations

The Arc is now at capacity for donations of clothing, food, coats, toiletries, baby items, and linens and is no longer accepting these types of donations, which are being dispersed to those affected by the hurricane. If you are in need of these types of items, contact Nicole Terzakis, social services director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (609) 485-0800, etc. 201. Arc expresses is thanks to all who donated.


Dental product donations requested

Carla Glass of Ventnor is collecting donations of dental hygiene products for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss can be dropped off at her home, 1 S. Somerset Ave. “It’s important to feel normal – to get your normal back. When I went to the shelters, I noticed there was nothing – no toothbrushes, no toothpaste. It would be nice to have some shred of a normal life,” Glass said. Call (609) 335-3512.

Toys for Tots drive

The Cape-Atlantic Marine Corps League has been plagued with obstacles for its annual toy campaign and asking for public support to make this holiday happy for needy and deserving children. To set up an establishment as a toy drop off location, or to donate toys or money to purchase the gifts, call (609) 868-0003 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Joseph Heirs (609) 927-6402 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce created an organization called OCNJ CARE (Cleanup and Recovery Effort). See the OCNJ CARE Facebook page for information about volunteering and resources to help restore Ocean City families and businesses.

Toy Collection
The OCNJ Cleanup and Recovery Effort, or CARE, is collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Ocean City victims of Hurricane Sandy. Toys may be dropped off noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center, Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. Deadline is Friday, Dec. 21. Money or gift cards can be donated at www.OCNJCARE.org, delivered to the Ocean City Welcome Center at Ninth and Simpson, or mailed to OCNJ CARE, PO Box 807, Ocean City, NJ 08226. Note that the donation is for Christmas.

Ocean City food cupboard
The Ocean City Civic Center, Sixth Street and the Boardwalk, is serving as a temporary food cupboard and will be open 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cleaning supplies are also available. The Clothes Closet, 555 West Avenue, is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. Sheets, blankets and towels are needed. Clothing is not wanted at this time. Mail monetary donations to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Inc., PO Box 1001, Ocean City, NJ  08226.

Sandy relief fund

Gov. Chris Christie and first lady Mary Pat Christie announced the formation of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to help residents impacted by Sandy. To donate see sandynjrelieffund.org or mail to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, PO Box 95, Mendham, NJ 07945-0095.

Donations wanted for AC schoolchildren

Bedding, clothing, toys, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. are being accepted for the families of the TexasAvenueSchool in Atlantic City. Items can be dropped off to school guidance counselor Richard Prince at the school, 2523 Arctic Ave., Atlantic City. Call (609) 343-7350.

Recovery effort donations

Many local organizations and charities are collecting items for those displaced and impacted by Hurricane Sandy. St. Gianna Beretta Molla Church, 1421 New Road, Northfield, will be open for drop off and pickup noon-5 p.m. daily. Apostolic Tabernacle Church, 923 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, will be open for drop off and pickup 3:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Both churches have asked for donations other than clothing, specifically toiletries and cleaning products, nonperishable food, diapers, new baby clothing and new blankets.

In addition, The United Way of Atlantic County, a local chapter of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, is coordinating recovery effort donations through its volunteer center; call (609) 404-9945.

Library food drive

The Atlantic County Library System is accepting nonperishable food items for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey Southern Branch. Any unopened, unexpired, nonperishable food will be accepted, but the items most needed are meals in a can, canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruits, vegetables and soup, shelf-stable milk, cereal, baby food and diapers.

Items may be dropped off during regular hours at any branch or the Bookmobile. There are branches in Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hammonton, Longport, Mays Landing, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor. The Brigantine branch will accept food donations when it reopens after flood remediation. For a Bookmobile or Buena Community Reading Center schedule see www.atlanticlibrary.org.

AC Rescue Mission accepting donations

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission is seeking monetary donations as well as clothing, toiletries, bedding, etc. for victims of Hurricane Sandy. See www.acrescuemission.org.

Red Cross corporate-sponsored programs

Companies supporting the American Red Cross disaster relief and benefit work in the community include the following:

iTunes – iTunes customers may click on the Red Cross hurricane relief banner on its home page to make a financial donation in increments of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100.

Verizon – Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Verizon Foundation is matching all customer text donations up to $1 million through its Text to Donate program for American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Text messaging fees will be waived, and 100 percent of each donation goes to the American Red Cross.

Community FoodBank seeks donations

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and its partner agencies are in need of food donations including, meals in a can, canned tuna, peanut butter, granola bars, canned fruit, vegetables and soup, shelf-stable milk, cereal, diapers, baby formula and food, laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper, shampoo, etc. Call (609) 383-8843, ext. 116 for collection assistance. For monetary donations see www.community.njfoodbank.org or send check payable to Community FoodBank of NJ, 6753 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ08234.

Peace Lutheran Church aid

PeaceLutheranChurch, 328 E. Great Creek Road in Galloway, is offering food, clothing and help for anyone affected by the hurricane. Call the church at (609) 748-1777. Volunteers are willing to help people with cleanup, help cutting branches, etc.

Help for animals

More than 30 Humane Society of the United States staff members and volunteers are working to help pets impacted by Sandy in New Jersey and New York. Responders are conducting damage assessments and search and rescues for animals left behind or stranded because of the storm, and they are caring for more than 100 animals at two emergency shelters. For information or to watch a video of animal rescues see www.video/humanesociety.org.


ACIT taking donations

Atlantic County Institute of Technology is collecting donations for families that lost their homes. Several students that attend the school come from Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport and Ocean City. Items most needed are blankets, socks, underwear, toiletries and food. Items can be dropped off at the school, 5080 Atlantic Ave., Mays Landing.


Emergency Medicare waiver

Royal Suites has received an emergency waiver from the Department of Health and Human Services for recipients of Medicare that need skilled medical care. Anyone that has Medicare who is experiencing a nursing need such as oxygen, medication administration, help with ambulation, dressing, wound care, a catheter, etc. no longer needs a three-midnight qualifying stay in a hospital to be admitted to the facility while the waiver is in effect. Call Royal Suites admissions at (609) 748-9900, ext. 1708 for information.


Donation collection site

Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam have designated their offices in Millville, Vineland and Cape May Court House as drop-off locations for hurricane relief donations. New clothing, toiletries and nonperishable food may be dropped off 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1124 N. High Street, Millville (856) 765-0891; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1028 E. Landis Ave., Vineland (856) 696-7109; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 21 N. Main Street, Cape May Courthouse (609) 465-0700.

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