Vitale & Coughlin Organize Donation Drive, Encourage Donations to Help Middlesex Residents Impacted by Sandy

Lawmakers Also Provide List of Important Contact Info For Residents & Businesses

(19th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – As recovery efforts continue following the devastation left behind by Superstorm Sandy, Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (both D-Middlesex) are conducting a donation drive to help residents of the 19th legislative district affected by the storm pick up the pieces.

“Sandy left a trail of destruction in our midst, but before we can rebuild we must take on the important job helping families hit hardest by the storm,” said Vitale. “Many residents may want to help, but just don’t know where to start. They can begin by helping us collect the necessities that families coping with the loss of their home need most right now. Their donation will ensure that no one is left in the cold and dark, and that we recover as one community.”

“This storm has caused tremendous havoc in our state. My heart goes out to those residents who lost loved ones, and those who lost their homes and must rebuild from scratch. It hasn’t been easy, but together, we will get through this,” said Coughlin. “I’m asking those residents who were spared the worst of the storm to lend a helping hand in this dire time of need. We’ll be collecting non-perishables, diapers, flashlights, toys and other items at our office to help residents hit hardest by the storm get back to some type of normalcy. Let’s show our neighbors that they are not in this alone.”

The Joint Office of Senator Vitale & Assemblyman Coughlin will be collecting clothing, non-perishable food items, diapers, blankets, flashlights, batteries, toiletries, and toys for children with the upcoming holiday season in sight. Donations may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the joint district office, located at 569 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ. Anyone with questions regarding the collection efforts should call the office at (732) 855-7441.

The lawmakers’ office has been working diligently to help constituents affected by Sandy, and provided a list of important emergency contact information to help residents address their needs:

  • FEMA – To register to receive assistance: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit: www.disasterassistance.gov/
  • Volunteering – 1-800-Jersey-7 (1-800-537-7397)
  • Port Authority of NY & NJ – 201-595-4530 or 201-595-4531
  • Pet Rescue – 1-855-407-4787 (1-855-407-HSUS)
  • 24/7 Health Experts – 2-1-1
  • Food Safety/Water Safety – 1-866-234-0964
  • Report Price Gouging – 862-209-0130 or 973-220-3474
  • Disaster Mental Health Helpline – (toll free) 1-877-294-HELP (4357) or 2-1-1
  • Statewide Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Assistance – 1-866-534-7789 or visit: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/
  • For Gas Stations to Report Service Delivery Problems – call: 609-858-6900 or email: SandyGas@njeda.com

For more information, please visit us on the Web:

www.njsendems.com

www.assemblydems.com