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May 23, 2013

The Jersey Shore …

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

This Memorial Day weekend, the Jersey shore is open … but the need is still great in so many areas as Sandy recovery continues. The following is taken from the New Jersey District’s weekly newsletter, “The Grapevine:”

Urgent Appeal: Sandy Relief
From the Rev. Don Brand, NJ District Disaster Response Coordinator
Although the “Jersey shore is open once again” as we approach Memorial Day and the beginning of the beach season, the needs among the residents continue to be ongoing.  According to Debbie Houlihan, who is working diligently with the outreach and disaster response efforts of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Point Pleasant, residents’ savings accounts are being depleted as they await either insurance payment or federal funds.  She reports that nearly 5,000 families are registered with the relief center in Toms River and over 3,000 families at the one in Brick.  There is a great need for toiletries and food.  Congregations or groups so moved to gather such items can contact Debbie via email (NOTE: I have her email address) and she will pick them up, or if you get them to me at Grace Lutheran Church in Union, I will see that the items get to Point Pleasant.
While Superstorm Sandy occurred 7 months ago, and other disasters have occurred since throughout our country, including the most recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, pushing Superstorm Sandy further and further back in the minds of many people as we continually move from one disaster to the next, our response to Superstorm Sandy is ongoing.  In addition to the supplies and items mentioned above that are still in need and demand, monetary donations are still being accepted to our District for Superstorm Sandy relief and volunteers will continue to be needed through Good Shepherd, especially as their volunteer camp becomes a reality.  “Let us not grow weary in our well-doing,” but let us continue to reach out and respond.
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