Happy Hour With a Cause

We’ve all heard the stories and seen the photos. The devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy has a lasting effect. As a shore resident, I have seen some of this destruction and witnessed entire families completely displaced. Last Friday, I decided to collect donations during our regularly scheduled Happy Hour; items that could be dropped off at my local food bank.

In the wake of Sandy, this particular charity has been assembling relief kits for the displaced residents – distributing packages of nonperishable food to families that are currently in one of the dozens of shelters down the shore. On Friday we collected about 150 items, which were dropped off at the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties on Saturday morning. With this blog, I pass along a genuine ‘thank you’ from the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to all KSS employees – every little bit helps.

Check with your local community first, but if you are looking for a place to volunteer, head to the shore. The recovery and clean-up effort is tremendous, and there are a number of places looking for volunteers. These are some of the larger requests, as of Monday morning:

Belmar, NJ
Disaster Relief Center, 601 Main Street (Clean up, demolition)

Sayreville, NJ
Storm Relief Center, 287 Cheesequake Road, Buildings K &L (Everything)

South Amboy, NJ
Disaster Relief Center, 108 South Stevens Avenue (Everything)

Union Beach
Borough Hall, 650 Poole Avenue (Clean up, demolition)

Toms River, NJ
Grace and Peace Church, 975 Fischer Boulevard (Sorting/distributing donations and clean up)