Jewish Federation of Southern NJ Launches Massive Community-Wide Relief Project for Hurricane Sandy Victims in Atlantic County
The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey (JFEDSNJ – www.jewishsouthjersey.org) and its family of six agencies announced the launch of the “Hurricane Sandy Community-Wide Relief Project.” The agencies are working in conjunction with area synagogues and the Tri-County Board of Rabbis to collect donations of food and outerwear for a November 18th delivery to those in desperate need in Atlantic county.
Jennifer Weiss, CEO for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and Executive Director of the Samost JFCS, says, “There is an unprecedented need in our South Jersey coastal community for food and basic necessities. We cannot sit idle as our neighbors struggle. By combining the strength of our Federation agencies, local synagogues and residents, we can help to deliver assistance and recovery to those in need. This is bigger than ourselves, and collectively we hope we can bring warmth and peace of mind to those hardest hit by Sandy. This is the start of an ongoing effort which will continue into the future, as long as they are in need of our support.”
Food donations for the November 18th delivery are being accepted at the Samost Jewish Family and Children’s Service (www.jfcssnj.org) Cherry Hill office, located at 1301 Springdale Road, Ste. 150, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 and at the Katz JCC (www.katzjcc.org) lobby, located within the same building. Requested food items are: tuna, cereal, shelf milk, peanut butter, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, and jelly.
On November 18th, at 8:30 AM, a caravan of volunteers will drive all donated items from the Katz JCC parking lot in Cherry Hill to the drop-off location in Atlantic County. Volunteers are needed to drive and load / unload donations, and must call the volunteer hotline at 856-751-9500, xt. 3035 or register online by clicking HERE. Monetary donations can also be made on the same page.
The unity of all the organizations toward a combined relief effort is a testament to the power of community cooperation during a time of need. “I am proud with how our Federation has mobilized so many staff and volunteers in our agencies and are working closely with the Tri-County Board of Rabbis and community synagogues, who are lending their coordinated support as well,” says Betty Adler, President of the JFEDSNJ.