Getting Aid To Sandy Victims More Complicated Than It Seems
By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
Toms River. March 8, 2013
Communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy are still looking for ways to get donations into the hands of those in need, and it’s a complicated process.
These days, it’s not unusual for anything from a truckload of construction supplies to 20,000 cans of chili to just show up in Ocean County.
Stanley Fischer is in charge of in-kind donations for the county’s recovery efforts. While he’s looking for a warehouse to hold all this stuff, he’s encouraging donors to check out AidMatrix.
“We have a woman in LBI that needs baby furniture. You go onto the AidMatrix website, and there is a person in Jersey City that has baby furniture.”
There are some logistical road bumps like how to get the furniture from Jersey City to Long Beach Island.
“If for instance, somebody was to donate a small box truck…we’d have to get insurance for that truck, we’d have to get fuel for that truck.”
Fischer says these challenges aren’t insurmountable – they’ll just require more generosity.
For more information, visit AidMatrix.org.
© 2013 WBGO News
Jersey Shore. May 21, 2013
Many rental units damaged by Sandy still being repaired. Read More
New Brunswick. May 21, 2013
34 percent expect to increase hiring in next 12 months. Read More
Lavallette. May 20, 2013
Christie says rebuilt boardwalk a symbol that shore is open for business. Read More
May 20, 2013
Says legislative budget officer David Rosen is wrong. Read More
May 20, 2013
The suburbs of New York and New Jersey are becoming home to more and more of the areas poor population. Read More