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Brick Establishes Trust Fund for Sandy; Labor Donations Offered

Township will be able to take donations for recovery

The Brick Township council this week authorized the township to establish a trust fund where people can donate money to help Hurricane Sandy victims in Brick.

Business Administrator Scott Pezarras said the trust fund was set up after the township began receiving calls from residents asking where they could donate money to help storm victims.

The township will collect the money and then distribute it.

"We will be distributing [the money] around the community through different organizations," said Pezarras.

Each time money is to be distributed from the fund, it must be approved by the council, said Pezarras.

Those wishing to donate can make a check out to "Hurricane Sandy 2012 Trust Fund - Brick Township." Checks can be mailed to 401 Chambers Bridge, Brick, NJ 08723, care of the treasurer.

The township also had donations of labor from the Rutgers University wrestling team, the Boy Scouts, the Brick Township High School football team and the Brick Memorial High School Habitat for Humanity club. Residents who need physical assistance with storm cleanup can call the mayor's office to arrange for help.

Additionally, meals are still being served by the Brick PAL and the Osbornville Baptist Church has now picked up many of the clothing and food donation and distribution activities that had been running from Visitation Church. Those who wish to donate, or who are in need can go to the church, 366 Drum Point Road, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 732-477-0324 for more details.

Donations of new clothing and non-perishable food are still being accepted at Brick Township High School between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Distribution to those in need is taking place between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at BTHS.

doreen November 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I think this is a wonderful idea of us helping our own.i hope other towns like toms river will start the same. While i appreciate agencies like the red cross, i am not sure how much of the donations they receive reach the individual person.
diana hartman November 17, 2012 at 03:59 AM
The donation of money idea sounds like a lot of red tape would be involved as to who gets the funds or not. I am surprised that Ocean County as a whole did not ask for volunteers to help out in various areas with their specialties. They could have asked--and I am sure that many companies or individuals would have donated their labor for free. I used to do taping and finishing of sheetrock years ago. I can probably still do it --although not as many as 8 rolls a day. I wish that there was more information out there as to who needed help--and what kind of help was needed. There are many people who would like to help out people who were affected by the damage to their homes in the hurricane.
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