Local Community Resources For Hurricane Victims

Patch has compiled a list of local resources and efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy

Many in New Jersey, some in the East Windsor area, are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

That’s why East Windsor Patch has compiled a list of resources and drives in the area:

The American Legion Post No. 148, located at 895 Route 130 in East Windsor, will open an Emergency Shelter Monday at 3 p.m. The legion will offer coffee and a warm place to stay to those who need it.

Dinner will be offered Monday at 6 p.m., and lunch and dinner will be offered Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 free of charge. A charging station where residents can charge cell phones, laptops and PDAs will also be available. Residents wishing to stay overnight should bring sleeping bags and blankets. For further information, call 609-448-4055.


East Windsor Fire Company #2 offers ice and water for anyone who needs it from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A charging station for laptops and phones is also available.


Gold's Gym East Windsor has opened their doors to friends and family of members and non-members. Guests are not required to pay a guest fee and are free to use the gym’s hot showers, power up their phones and electronics, or warm-up in the club.

“We hope that this small gesture will bring comfort to those in need,” the gym posted on its Facebook page.


John Green, Head of Peddie School, invited members of the Peddie community to reach out to the school for any assistance in recovering from the storm.


The Cranbury Bookworm are collecting donations on the front porch for those shore families affected by the storm. They will accept blankets, toiletries, clothing, children's books, and more.


Sieck-Wright Floral Products in Hightstown are accepting donations for items they intend to bring to hurricane victims in Toms River, NJ. They are accepting warming items such as blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, socks, and other warm clothes. They are additionally collecting other items, including bread, cereal, batteries, cleaning supplies, flashlights, pillows, paper towels, toilet paper, blankets, non-perishable food, water, baby stuff, jelly, peanut butter, granola bars, ramen, applesauce, and instant foods.


Gil & Bert's Ice Cream in Cranbury are seeking assistance for a family from Normandy Beach that lost their house and everything in it. The family of six has four boys, and they wear the following sizes:

Jack: 5T, 5-6 shirt

Colin: 8 pants, medium boys’ shirt

Josh: 12 pants tall, medium boys’ shirt

Caleb: 18 pants, small men’s shirts.

Dad: 36x32 pants, L-XL

Mom: shirts XL

Gil & Bert’s are accepting clothes donations dropped on their front porch. They will also accept towels and toiletries. The items will be delivered on Saturday, Nov. 10.


Plainsboro Fire Company and Plainsboro Fire District No. 1 are hosting a Hurricane Sandy food and clothing drive for area first responders, as well as for Plainsboro and New Jersey food pantries.

Donations can be dropped off at the Plainsboro firehouse, 405 Plainsboro Road, between 5 and 9 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 9 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Anyone requiring an alternate drop off time should contact the firehouse non-emergency number at 609-799-0492.

Items needed include:

  • T-Shirts/Underwear
  • Socks
  • Hats and Gloves
  • Household Cleaning Gloves
  • Bleach and Household
  • C and D batteries
  • Non-perishable Food Items including:
  • Canned tuna, chicken, ham
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Boxed potatoes, rice, pasta, cereal
  • Canned chili, soups, stews
  • Baby food and peanut butter (plastic jars only)
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables

Donations will be moved to the Point Pleasant area as soon as possible and distributed through officials of the Ocean County Firemen’s Association and the Point Pleasant Boro Fire Department, who are working with community and church groups serving those in need.

Items that are not needed in the affected areas will be used to stock the Plainsboro Food Pantry and donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, which delivers 100,000 pounds of food daily to storm victims.


Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes encourages neighbors who have sustained little or no damage to consider donating time or money to legitimate organizations such as the Red Cross or Salvation Army. People may also call 1-800-JERSEY-7.


If you know of any other resources in the area, please let us know in the comments.


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