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More Donations Needed for Sandy Victims [AUDIO]

MORE: NJ Recovering From Sandy

Just as quickly as donations are coming in for victims of Superstorm Sandy, more items are still needed, especially along the Jersey shore – as residents come home to find nothing.

Toms River Donation
Toms River Donations (Stacy Proebstle, Townsquare Media)

Representatives from the Salvation Army New Jersey chapter have fanned out across the state collecting donations to help families displaced by the storm.

“Money is best because organizations don’t have to pay to move it and can purchase specific items that families need the most” said Brenda Beavers, spokeswoman with the Salvation Army.

But she says food donations are still an urgent need.

“We need canned goods, non-perishable food items, paper goods, utensils.”   She recommends contacting a local organization first to see what their needs are.

“Then bring over a small donation for a family that wouldn’t require a truck to move or unload it, its also a lot cheaper, moving large quanities of clothing and other bigger donations cost money.”

Faculty and students from the Toms River Regional School District opened a facility that has become a clearing house for all donations coming into the Ocean County area.

“They go over to the barrier islands, then they come back here and we help them find items they need, clothing, anything to help through this difficult time” said Nancy Enrico, a retired Toms River teacher who runs the donation drop-off.

Each family is assigned a personal shopper who goes through the storefront with them to find the items they need.

“They can pick up food, water, diapers, clothing, anything they need to stay afloat.”   But just as fast as the donations are going out, the facility is already in need of more.

“Paper products, napkins, utensils, cleaning products, salt and pepper, salad dressing, condiments, bread, those are the basic staples that we really run out of quickly” Enrico added.

They’re open from 10 am to 2 pm in the Bellcrest Plaza in Toms River on Fischer Boulevard.

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