UPDATE: How Middletown Will Give Back to Oklahoma

After Sandy, volunteers from Oklahoma played a key role in giving comfort.


Upon approval by the state and township for a license, The Port Monmouth Fire Company will donate proceeds of a Super 50-50 drawing on June 29 to the Southern Baptist Convention of Oklahoma, the organization who came to serve hot food in Middletown for the two monhts after Hurricane Sandy.

Port Monmouth Fire is holding a "Hurricane Sandy Thank You Party from noon-5 pm on that day. It is open to the public, with donated food from Middletown restaurants Outback and Sonic, as well as live entertainment. Super 50-50 tickets are $5 each and available in advance or at the day of the event.

Original story, May 21

In the days after Hurricane Sandy, members of the from a tent erected in the parking lot of Saint Mary Church.

As many as 140 of them stayed through November to keep the kitchen going, sleeping on cots in the New Monmouth Baptist Church gym across the street. 

With the memory still fresh of the service provided to Middletown by Oklahoma volunteers, township government leaders are working on a way to help out the victims of the devastating tornado that flattened Moore, Oklahoma yesterday. 

Middletown Township Committeeman Tony Fiore, who was the township mayor during the Oct. 29, 2012 storm and aftermath, said Tuesday morning he and Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray, the leader of the township Volunteer Corps., have been in "constant contact" with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief coordinators in Oklahoma. 

"We are awaiting a response as to what efforts we can coordinate in terms of supplies or potential manpower to send to Oklahoma," said Fiore in an email. "Deputy Mayor Murray is also in talks with Disaster Relief Oklahoma to potentially have Middletown adopt affected families."  

"In the interim, we are aggressively using our contacts via social media to solicit donations to their efforts," he said. 

Fiore is also the chairman of the Middletown Township Disaster Relief Fund, a non-governmental organization. 

In 2012, Fiore gave the "key to Middletown" to volunteer Dave Carr and representatives of the Oklahoma-based Southern Baptist Convention. 

New Monmouth Baptist Church Deacon Chairman Gary Steidl said that the Southern Baptist Convention volunteers arrived in Moore late Monday afternoon -- the same people who served Middletown. 

"They will be getting back to us shortly as to what they need," said Steidl. "We have offered a team to go out and help, and they have said stand by for now."

PortMonMom May 23, 2013 at 02:52 AM
First, I am an avid volunteer/fundraiser and my husband spent weeks after the storm with his National Guard unit doing rescues up and down the NY&NJ coast knowing he had no home to return to. My story was not a vent but information on where people still stand using my personal info as an example since many don't even know. I have not asked for anything, nor have I received anything. I did get a hot meal from an OK church, but I have also given hot meals and hands to help wherever I can. This was me using a space to let people know that Middletown is not all better, or even close. And this is comments, so any are welcome last I checked. I don't see Seaside, Union Beach, Belmar, LBI or any other hard hit area who received help making grand gestures because they know they're not yet in a place where they can. I'm not saying that we shouldn't help people, I'm saying that when Port Monmouth school still has 20% of its student body homeless, then we should aim at helping Middletown first. Then, we will be more able to help others. And as for kicking someone when they're down, remember K A R M A And as far as what OK did, as stated above, it was a church group. In fact, OK voted against Sandy relief. So gather your friends and head on over.
PortMonMom May 23, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Now, a 50/50 for the church seems reasonable. That was not at all what was implied in the first article.
Bayratt May 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Wow.. U still do not get it. Yes Port Monmouth is still a mess, is the state back to 100%? NO. Kudos for you and your husband for helping. That's great. I have family that is still homeless, and yes I suffered loss too. But life does indeed go on. As for the funding... IT WAS NOT in ANY WAY going to come out of the Middletown Sandy relief money. If you were thinking that you are way off. And yes two senators from Oklahoma voted against the Sandy aid. Big deal, I have no faith in Senators, or governors, or the President for that matter. I have no faith in the Government Period. But what I do have faith in are the American citizens, WE help each other. When things are bad.. we help. Not just our own as in our neighborhoods, but across the country. I just do not get why so many people from this area thought that buy helping Oklahoma the money was going to come out of their relief funds. Ridiculous. No offence but living in Port Monmouth for the last 5 years has really opened my eyes to how rude, self centered, and mean people can be. I can not wait to move from here. You are A typical of the people who live here.. out for your self. It sucks your home is a mess, but enough self pity. And maybe ... just maybe Karma is kickin your butt right now.
PortMonMom May 24, 2013 at 01:53 AM
No, honey. I'm happy and was hoping to help the people in my backyard. No bad Karma here. :) You seem like a miserable person looking for drama wherever you go. Hopefully, you head on out of my area. I love my neighbors and town and have pride in them, which is why I want to build them up. You don't fit in with the Port Monmouth folks I know, and that's fine. I'm done with you and your negativity. Move on to your next article to rant on someone else.
Bayratt May 24, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Sweetheart I AM not miserable, JUST a realest. Not looking for DRAMA. quite the opposite And how would YOU know where I go?? I believe in helping people regardless of where. I am VERY happy.. just sick and tired of the unbelievable miserable people that live here. Every one out for themselves. You love your neighbors, but it seems like thats all. Just whats in your little corner of the world. I feel sorry for you. You are just like the rest of the sheep that live here. You are right I do not "fit in with port Monmouth" people.. THANK GOD. I am NOT negative... I was the one who wants to help others NOT YOU! May God have mercy on you.... But then again..you live in a little bubble called Port Monmouth. . And for your info... I have family roots to the area that go way back to the 1700's. So I am more Bayshore area then you will ever be. Just a shame what has happened in this area in the past 20 odd years.


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