Small NonProfits Help Meet Huge Need
It's not so much the massive relief agencies but the small nonprofit and faith-based groups that have been quick to respond to the needs of their storm-ravaged communities.
In Waretown, the King of Kings Church, is now serving as a donation center and distribution point. Irene Warnock of King of Kings says one of their biggest needs is storage space. "Right now we could really use a few 40-foot storage trailers for at least six months or longer. The loving generosity from the community is so overwhelming that we need a lot of storage."
The donations they've received have been so great in fact, that the church can no longer hold worship services. Warnock says they'll soon be holding services at a nearby location as their church building serves temporarily as a storage facility.
She says they also need plastic storage containers with lids, a 2K amp service generator, clothing that includes new socks and underwear as well as hair brushes and makeup.
The local nonprofits that have been pitching in immediately following the super storm's devastation are too numerous to name. The few that have reached out to WOBM are the United Methodist Church in Lacey Township that has been serving hot meals, a warm place to rest, hot showers and limited laundry facilities. Locatons that have been serving as donation drop off points are the Little Egg Harbor Senior Center, Saint Mary's of the Pines Church in Manahawkin, Ocean County Hunger Relief as well as the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the United Way of Ocean County.
Local nonprofits have been firing on all cylinders to meet a need that is breathtaking in scope with no end in sight.
The tiny borough of Ocean Gate says the Red Cross is now regularly serving hot meals at their borough hall to residents without electricity and flood-damaged homes.