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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

Upcoming local blood drives in St. Clair Shores:

  • 8:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Nov. 8, at Lake Shore High School
  • 2 - 8 p.m., Nov. 15, at Harmon Elementary School
  • 1 - 7 p.m., Nov. 28, at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 28300 Rockwood

Detroit Elks help New Jersey Elks

The Detroit Elks Lodge 34 in St. Clair Shores has been in contact with Elks Lodge 74 in Hoboken, New Jersey, to find out how they could help in the wake of Sandy.

Ron Woodhouse, of the Detroit Elks, said the New Jersey Elks has been serving meals to people in the community.

In an email sent to Patch, Woodhouse quoted Jason Maurer, "Feel free to send money to the lodge and we will put it to good use. Today we served somewhere between 800 and 1000 meals to the cops, fireman, city workers, volunteers the national guard (sic), two shelters in town and anyone from the community who was hungry. I have to tell you we are exhausted." Maurer is the chief officer at that Lodge

Residents interested in donating can send contributions to Elks 74, 1005 Washington St. Hoboken, N.J. 07030.

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