WILDWOOD – American Legion Post 184 and Vietnam Veterans chapter 955 has decided to extend a drive for flood victims in Wildwood until Tuesday, Feb. 9.
An outpour of donations has come from around the community and even as far as Philadelphia, according to volunteers. Since the drive began a week ago, they’ve helped to serve more than 200 flood victims from the severe Jan. 23 storm.
“That’s our mission in life – to help the community and veterans,” Legion Commander Harry Weimar said.
Inside the legion, tables stacked with donated clothing, food, bedding, furniture, and other necessities continue to grow. The Ladies Auxiliary Club has been helping to sort, fold, and organized the donated items.
“The clothing is amazing,” said Kathi Weimar, a volunteer and wife to Harry. “I think people opened up their whole closet and gave everything.”
Various local business and schools across the island have come together to drop off donations. South Jersey Paper Products also donated several cases of cleaning supplies. The Animal Welfare Society dropped off several bags of dog food as well.
The Girl Scout Troops of both Dennis Township and Wildwood have also chipped in to help.
Even those who lost everything in Winter Storm Jonas have found a way to lend a hand to the Legion’s drive.
Harry Weimar added that they’ve had support from Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano. Wildwood Commissioner Pete Byron rolled up his sleeves this past Friday and Saturday to lend the Legion a hand.
American Legion Post 184 is located at 4200 Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood. The post will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except for Sunday Feb. 7 for residents to pick up donated items.
Those who wish to donate, can contact Commander Harry Weimar at 609-770-8144 or Vietnam Veterans chapter 955 Treasurer Vincent Deprinzio at (609)827-7062.