Harrison County cities join for Sandy relief effort

The cities of Harrison County are organizing a drive to collect supplies to help storm victims in a hard-hit section of New Jersey that has seen 3 inches of snow fall since being devastated by Sandy last week.

Residents are being asked to bring supplies to their local fire station in any municipality in Harrison County.

The supplies needed are cleaning supplies, disinfectants, diapers, bed pads, scrub brushes, mops, brooms, sponges, washing detergent, bleach, sanitizing wipes, sheets, towels, wash cloths, cleaning rags, dish towels, hand sanitizers or lotions, first-aid supplies, li;p balm and gloves.

Residents should drop off items any day between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

As soon as a truckload is reached, the supplies will be transported for a relief effort being coordinated by emergency management in Monmouth County, an area of 630,000 residents that covers about 665 square miles in New Jersey.
“We have people from Mississippi up there with them right now,” Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy said this afternoon. “They’re working straight through to let the county workers off tonight.

“They have three inches of snow on the ground right now and they expect more. They are in need.

“This particular county, Monmouth County, sent folks to Harrison County after Katrina. They supported the fire departments and they supported people coming down here to help out. They are aware of who we are. We just need to be aware of who they are in their time of need.”

Map of the area: To see the location and links to the municipalities of Monmouth County, N.J., click here.