While South Brunswick continues the slow recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, the devastation caused to New York's Staten Island is fresh on the minds of township residents as scores of people on the borough lost their homes.
A Sand Hills Road church has begun collecting items to send to Staten Island, as the situation for countless people who lost their homes has become desperate.
"I had a call from a pastor who is a close friend in Staten Island, almost crying reaching out to me," said Pastor Ozzie Gonzalez of the Hosanna South Brunswick Church. "He was saying please help us. They feel like people have forgotten them. I went down there and saw people living in their cars basically. One lady asked me for a blanket for her child. We brought pillows too and one lady practically grabbed them. You see a lot of desperation there from people who lost everything."
The Hosanna South Brunswick Church, located at 115 Sand Hills Road in Monmouth Junction, will be collecting items to send to Staten Island through the weekend. Drop off days and times are Friday (Nov. 9) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday (Nov. 10) from 9 a.m. to noon.
"We'll also be donating to other areas that need help, including the South Brunswick Food Pantry," Gonzalez said.
Items needed are:
- Baby food
- Baby diapers
- Baby wipes
- Garbage bags
- Gift cards (Stop & Shop)
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