For New Jersey communities Reddingite collects needed items

Coreena d’Alessandro of Redding is encouraging residents to drop off items for New Jersey communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy at the Mark Twain Library or 53 Chestnut Woods Road. The first truck is leaving Friday morning, she said.

Needed items include diapers (all sizes), batteries, baby formula (all types), cleaning and baby wipes, crayons, coloring books, puzzles, toys, towels, bedding and pillows, pet food, personal hygiene products, women’s hygiene products, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, coats and shoes, sterno, and, if possible, portable showers. Clothing and food are already in abundance through the Red Cross and FEMA.

Ms. d’Alessandro said a Facebook post from a colleague prompted her to spearhead this local effort.

Her colleague, Dr. Felicia D. Stole, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM, wrote that people in other parts of the country think things are better in New Jersey because the news “has seemingly shifted gears” to the election. “Things are still really bad here. I am at our temple and we are just a town over from some super bad destruction.”

The Bayshore communities of Laurence Harbor, Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, and Atlantic Highlands “have been decimated,” she wrote. She said Temple Shalom of Aberdeen is volunteering to be a receiving center and will distribute collected materials directly to these communities.

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