Superstorm Sandy Relief Activities
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, our small church has done its best to help those in need in our local communities.
Immediately after the storm, with the support of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, we were able to bring over $10,000 worth of supplies to the local shelters set up in Keyport and to the distribution centers in Union Beach. This included food, clothing, water, cleaning supplies, detergents, supplies, etc. We were one of the first responders. Pastor Dawn and Bill Seaman went every day in the weeks after the storm to the local shelters and found out what was needed that day and that's what we would get for them. In the weeks of November, Tim, in charge of supply distribting in Union Beach called us the "saviors" as we provided smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and endless amounts of laundry detergent and tools.
By Christmas, we had distributed over $11,000 in gift cards and cash to families in need. We helped seniors with security deposits for new housing. We supported two local agencies with over $1500 of Christmas toys and gift cards. We adopted two families of our own for Christmas.We distributed brand new winter coats for Sovereign Bank.
We have helped host work groups in the area, housing their tools and equipment and providing lunches. Bill has worked hard coordinating work assignments and supplies for volunteers.
We have been blessed by the generosity of the Global Uplift foundation of Monterey, California which has established a credit account at Lowe's to enable us to provide local residents in need with materials needed for repair such as sheetrock, insulation, paint, etc. We also provided dehumidifiers which were shared by neighbors in the early days. Global Uplift equipped toolboxes which volunteer work groups are still using out in the field as the work continues.
Work groups eat a hot lunch here on Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays, and on Tuesdays-Thursdays cold lunches are packed for delivery out in the field. In June, we hosted groups from Michigan, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Bill Adams, director of World Renew (CRC) and Jay Haarsevoort, coordinator of Church World Service (RCA), visited us in June and commended us for our community outreach programs. Both groups have been supporters of our ministries.
Both Pastor Dawn and Bill Seaman serve on the Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group.
We are grateful to so many individuals and churches and organizations for their donations. Truly we are serving in ministry together! Paul wrote to the Colossians: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
We are currently part of CALTR (Churches Accomplishing Long-Term Recovery, working with the Reformed Church of Highland Park and Colts Neck Reformed Church on continuing assistance with rebuilding homes for those affected by Sandy.
We continually give thanks to God and thanks to all of you for helping us do what we can do to help.
Churches Donating to Our Superstorm Sandy Relief
Reformed Church of Highland Park, First Reformed Church New Brunswick, Colts Neck Reformed Church, Bradley Gardens Reformed Church, Richmond Reformed Church (MI), Grace Reformed Church of Edison, First Reformed Church of Hawthorne, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Hillsborough Reformed Church, St. John's Reformed Church, Faith Reformed Church of Slate Hill, NY, Parkside Community Church, Saddle River Reformed Church, Sprakers Reformed Church, Glen Rock Community Church, Reformed Church of Fort Plain, Christian Reformed Church of Goshen, Calvary Reformed Church of Ripon, CA., Salem United Methodist Church of Barrington, IL.
Organizations Donating to Our Superstorm Sandy Relief
Global Uplift (Monterey, CA.)
Church World Service
Buhler Chrysler Jeep
Individuals Donating to Our Superstorm Sandy Relief
The family of the late Jean Porzl, Juel Kern, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Goedtel, Mary Jane Parker, Lois Bujalski, Andy Vandermeer, Sandra Alfare, David and Linda Mercaldo, Bud and Dot Roane, Marjorie Conway, Nancy Norcross, Emily Cortiglia, Lori Cortiglia, Angela Pepe-Lage, William Seaman, Jr., Victor and Janet Angeline, Beth Schippers.