More than $625,000 in assistance has been distributed to Superstorm Sandy-impacted locals by the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, organizers announced in a news release marking the year anniversary of the devastating storm.
Among the aid are grants to homeowners, money to local fire companies to replace equipment lost in the storm, and funding for cleanup supplies, according to a breakdown provided by the MDRF of where the assistance was distributed.
“On behalf of myself and the volunteer board of the MDRF, I would like to thank everyone for their kindness and generosity during this very difficult year,” said Tony Fiore, the founder and president of the MDRF who was serving as Middletown’s mayor when Sandy hit. “While we realize that there is still so much more to be done, we are very grateful to the hundreds of donors and volunteers who have made such a tremendous difference during one of the most trying times in our town’s history.”
The nonprofit, independent organization thanked all the donors and volunteers who have helped Middletown to rebuild.
According to the MDRF, the breakdown of fund distribution is:
Approximately $90,000 in Target gift cards distributed to more than 900 families thanks a singular private donation.
$160,000 in Home Depot gift cards to 160 families who sustained substantial damage.
$300,000 in grants to approximately 180 families in partnership with the New Monmouth Baptist Church through a grant provided by the Robin Hood Foundation.
A $10,000 grant sponsored by CareOne to a Port Monmouth volunteer firefighter whose home was severely damaged by the flooding caused by the storm.
$15,000 to the Port Monmouth Fire Company for purchase of air cascade system that was destroyed by the storm.
$15,000 to the Belford Engine Company to help rebuild their firehouse which was severely flooded by the storm.
$20,000 to the New Monmouth Baptist Church to purchase supplies for volunteer labor to use in the cleanup and rebuilding of damaged homes.
Approximately $18,000 in assistance to the Bayshore Village Senior Citizen Housing Corporation.