Storm Sandy filled homes, roads, and cars with sand and water. The water is gone but the sand remains. Homes were destroyed or seriously damaged. Now, soggy belongings, garbage, and debris that used to be furniture are piled high in city streets. And winter is relentlessly marching in.
“This year, more than ever, we need to spread the warmth to the people of New Jersey. Storm Sandy has left people without homes, without electricity and in dire need of assistance. As a member of the community, Storage Post urges everyone to donate coats to Jersey Cares,” said Chief Operating Officer Jack Chaney. “These coats can make all the difference for New Jersey families and individuals during the winter weather.”
The Storage Post Self Storage facilities in New Jersey are official drop-off locations for the Jersey Cares coat drive. Their self storage businesses are on 203 Broadway in Jersey City or 401 South Park Avenue in Linden. Storage Post is also providing moving trucks to transport coats to the Jersey Cares storage warehouse. Freshly laundered coats can be dropped off during regular business hours at the Storage Post Self Storage facilities from now through December 15, 2012.
Jersey Cares was created in 1993. They partner with non-profit organizations to recruit volunteers that work on community-identified needs. In their coat drive, they collect and donate gently used winter coats to those in need. Last year, they collected and donated over 40,000 coats throughout New Jersey. This year they will need more coats. Lots more.
As part of the coat drive, Jersey Cares also has a Note in a Coat Program. This program is a way to personalize the giving and receiving of coats for children. In this program a child, who is giving a coat, writes a short note about themselves and possibly a favorite memory of the coat (such as wearing it when going ice skating) and writes that she hopes the receiver will enjoy the coat. The purpose of this program is to involve children in giving service by making the service rendered more meaningful.
Jersey Cares also sponsors a drive for school supplies and Halloween costumes. They collect and assemble “first night kits” containing personal hygiene products and give them to domestic violence shelters, runaway safe havens, and foster homes. They also sponsor the program called Frosty’s Friends where children in domestic violence shelters between the ages of 4-16 write a letter (or draw pictures) about what they want for Christmas and then volunteers purchase the gifts for the children.
“Storage Post’s New Jersey Self Storage Facilities Collecting Coat Donations.” PR Newswire; 19 November 2012.