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Shining Light on Post-Sandy Needs [AUDIO]

The Ocean County Long-Term Recovery Group is hosting a free event at Ocean County College in acknowledgment of Superstorm Sandy and the resiliency of the Ocean County community.

Superstorm Sandy
Superstorm Sandy (Mario Tama, Getty Images)

The impact of that storm has wounded many residents, and simultaneously many neighbors, churches and groups rose to the occasion as our own breed of hometown heroes.

That event crossed all boundaries of economics, gender, age, race, nationality, circumstances and persuasions and had a county of diversity come together in unity to help each other. The program will acknowledge this unity and try to foster healing to our community.

There are basically three parts to the event. The theater presentation of readings, speakers, and music is the main focus.

The second is a children’s program, which will be simultaneously provided by the Spiritual and Emotional Specialists. At the conclusion of the theater program, things will shift to the displays and free information available through many local agencies. The attendees will get the opportunity to get recovery related information. Also, free refreshments will be available after the theater presentation.

The program has been developed mainly through the Spiritual and Emotional Committee of the OCLTRG to help the ongoing healing of residents impacted by the storm. Pastor Bill Meyer of Toms River is the Chair of the S & E Committee, while the Event is being coordinated by Pastor Michael Mazer and Rabbi Ellen Wollintz-Field.

That committee is comprised of members of the faith based community and the mental health agencies from all around the county. The restoration of our community is multifaceted, and not just about rebuilding homes, but rebuilding lives and relationships to establish a new normal. Members of the OCLTRG and partner groups will be available to help direct people to the resources available.

Those who would like to attend are asked to email info@oceancountyltrg, of their intent to attend.

There is still time for community groups, partners and agencies to participate. Email TABLE to, ASAP while there is still available, free space.

The event will be held Sunday, October 27 from 2-4 p.m. in the theater on the OCC Campus in Toms River.

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