Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno appeared at Croydon Hall in Middletown Tuesday, to bring attention a $1 million donation by Home Depot Foundation.
Trucks full of donated supplies pulled up to the township storm center in Leonardo, and Guadagno unloaded rakes, shovels, work gloves, trash bags and cleaning supplies.
"For families recovering from and cleaning-up after Hurricane Sandy's devastation, these supplies are important to help regain some sense of normalcy," said Lt. Governor Guadagno in a statement. "It's easy for homeowners and residents to feel overwhelmed by the task before us, but Home Depot's donation will hopefully make the burden of restoring our homes and communities just a little lighter."
Home Depot's donation is spread between three groups.
- American Red Cross - $250,000 for immediate disaster relief supplies and activities. This donation is in addition to the Foundation's annual gift of $500,000 to the Red Cross' disaster giving program, bringing the company's total 2012 commitment to $750,000. As part of this effort, The Home Depot is today providing the Red Cross with the following requested items for cleanup activities in New York and New Jersey:
- 5,000 metal/garden/stone/bow rakes
- 5,000 flat/transfer shovels
- 15,000 pairs of leather cowhide work gloves
- Team Rubicon - $100,000 to deploy special teams of U.S. military veterans to local communities in the Northeast. Team Rubicon trains and mobilizes veterans who have unique skills and deploys them in times of crisis. Teams are already on the ground in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
- Operation Homefront - $150,000 for Operation Homefront's Emergency Relief Fund that provides food, clothing and temporary shelter to service members and their dependents in in the affected areas.
"Our hearts go out to the communities, families and our own associates who are dealing with the effects of Superstorm Sandy," said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. "We pledge to be there for the long haul as communities begin recovering and rebuilding. We will use the knowledge and expertise we have gained from responding to other large scale disasters to deploy our funds and volunteers with maximum impact.