October 29 Donation of gloves, garbage bags, disinfectant cleaners to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Union Ocean Township.
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the East coast of the United States heavily. It was the strongest and fiercest storms of the east coast in the past 100 years. After the hurricane, there were over 7.5 million people who lost power. New Jersey was one of the states which suffered serious damage by Hurricane Sandy.
Since the majority of Caretohelp Foundation’s members live in New Jersey, most of our members and volunteers were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many of us were out of power until November 7th, but we knew that there are even more families who had lost their houses and desperately needed help. Board members discussed this situation and made two resolutions. First, we decided to start raising donations for victim families via email and newspaper solicitations. Second, the foundation decided to allocate $25,000 of our reserved funds to support the expense for future distribution programs.
Ann Wang started to contact different townships in South Jersey to find out where and what victim families needed. After an extensive search, she got in connection with Ms. Jennifer Maier in Union Beach Township.
Jennifer told Ann that they need clearing kits such as rubber gloves, garbage bags and heavy duty cleaner. SueSue Yang and Jennifer Lin started to search for clearing kits suppliers and attempted to get better deals for these items. After we talked with the manager of G&B Janitoral supply, she was willing to give us a discounted price for these items and donate some of these items to us as well. SueSue ordered 1,000 pairs of rubber gloves, 5,600 heavy duty garbage bags and 40 gallons of heavy duty cleaners from G&B. The total cost of the order was $2,400, and G&B agreed to deliver all the goods free of charge to the townhouse of Union Beach (650 Pool Ave., Union Beach NJ) on 11/10 at 9:30AM.
SueSue Yang and 6 other volunteers met at the Union Beach Townhouse at 9:00AM. This was one of the FEMA locations in Union Beach, where many other organizations and donors were also gathering. We reported to Ms. Jennifer Maier, and she then assigned us each a location where we could dole out our donations. She also asked us to help distribute Red Cross kits to needy families. At 9:30AM, G & B’s truck arrived, volunteers loaded all goods to our location, and we began to distribute our donations to the victim families. We stayed until 4:00PM and distributed to approximately 150 families.