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Patch & AOL Send Hurricane Sandy Relief Trucks to Long Island, New Jersey

Employees help out, and you can, too.

It's been said it's far better to have a neighbor who's near, than a brother who's far away, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Americans across the nation have proven to be the best neighbors and the strongest of families.

This past weekend, AOL and Patch employees took an opportunity to pitch in, packing two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles, VA, and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island.

Want to join the relief efforts? Click here to donate: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol

"When a catastrophe of this size hits, we all feel it, both the hundreds of us who live in the impacted towns, and our colleagues who are watching and wishing they could help more. So for us AOLers and Patchers, it feels like a relief and a privilege to get to help out in such a big, immediate way," said Patch Chief Content Officer Rachel Fishman Feddersen.

The AOL trucks will arrive in New Jersey on Monday and Long Island the next day. The deliveries will include many of the essentials residents most need, such as bottled water, blankets, batteries, canned soup, disposable diapers, baby formula and more.

The trucks are rolling as residents in areas such as the Jersey Shore, Staten Island and Long Island are still coping with the aftermath of the hurricane. Hundreds of thousands are still without power, the area transit systems are crippled, and gas lines can go on for miles, as motorists desperately try to fill their cars and residents look to fill gas cans in order to keep generators humming in near-freezing temperatures.

You can join us in the relief efforts. To Donate to Hurricane Sandy Disaster relief, click here: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol.

Patricia Perillo November 05, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Day 8 after Sandy, no trucks have arrived because location, date and time is omitted. How can we survive ??? Another joke on Barrier Island Residents.... Normandy Beach resident
Dewey November 05, 2012 at 07:56 PM
does anyone know what time intermediate east is open to make a donation
Robert Schaber November 05, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Patricia did you graduate from St. mary's HS class of 71? Let me know.
Richard Lau November 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Great news for a residents in Brick. Thanks to AOL and our local Patch (thanks Dan!) for an amazing contribution!
pupdog1 November 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Good luck getting this past the FEMA gangsters.
~Barb~ November 05, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Did anyone see this? http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20121104/PC16/121109635/1165/tiny-mcclellanville-rallies-to-help-superstorm-sandy-ravaged-toms-river-after-hugo-aid The town of McClellanville, SC is rallying to provide help to Toms River. For those of you too young to remember, McClellanville is a town that was ravaged by hurricane Hugo in 1989. WOBM organized a relief effort convoy to assist the victims. Now they're returning the favor.
Steven Scotts November 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Sending physical items actually causes relief efforts to slow down dealing with random inventory. From the Red Cross: "Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the Red Cross does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel."
Kaitlyn Anness November 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Steven--we have volunteers to sort and distribute the items. The Red Cross is not involved in our efforts, as far as I know.
Kate Bigam November 06, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Thanks for sharing this touching story. I choked up at this line: "We have to do something. A lot of those guys who helped us, they’re not around anymore. Their children are going through this. We need to let them know McClellanville loves Toms River too.”
Bob Metz November 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Awesome display of caring for others in need. Great demonstration of corporate citizenship. Thank you AOL and all the "Patchers"!
mom in brick November 08, 2012 at 08:52 PM
The trucks did arrive on Sunday night and the supplies were unloaded at Brick High School. The food was unloaded at New Beginnings Church on Brick Blvd. Please get the word out to people to go and get whatever they may need at New Beginings Chruch.
TomK November 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
What? All problems have already been resolved. Obama was here, Christie hugged him and it made the front page. End of story.
TomK November 08, 2012 at 09:03 PM
The Red Cross is distributing cookies and coffee, IF you can make your way to one of their locations. What more could anyone want?
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