Long Grove parish seeks items for hurricane victims


LONG GROVE — Resident of Neptune, N.J., who were affected by Hurricane Sandy need plenty: new blankets, hats, scarves, coats, gloves, disposable diapers and wipes, baby food, household cleaning items, face masks, ready-to-eat meals, personal hygiene products, hand and feet warmers, wool socks, underwear and money.
Youth Minister Julia Jones of St. Ann Parish in Long Grove said a parishioner, who wishes to remain anonymous, has family in New Jersey. The parishioner’s sister in New Jersey said many people in Ocean County will be homeless for at least eight months because of the hurricane.
Shelters provide a place to stay and some meals, but basic necessities for the winter are in short supply.
Jones said the youth group and parish are collecting new items only for the hurricane victims. The Red Cross requires all donated items to be new to reduce the risk of spreading bed bugs, she noted. The parish is collaborating with St. Ambrose University in Davenport. The groups are exploring various options on how to transport the supplies that are collected.
All monetary and other donations are being collected through Nov. 19 in the gathering space at St. Ann Parish.

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