Returning the kindness

Volunteers from Monmouth County made a big impression on the folks of the Gulf Coast in 2005 during the Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Their efforts have not been forgotten, as Kathleen Koch, brought to my attention today. The cities of Harrison County Mississippi are organizing to provide assistance to Monmouth County:

From the City of Biloxi website:

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.


Posted: November 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Returning the kindness”

  1. Have met said at 8:18 am on November 9th, 2012:

    Some guys from Mississippi here to assist. Some relief folks are staying at an area firehouse, and working long hours with our emergency management people. They are just as nice and friendly as can be. In the wake of such a sad election result, I can only hope that the innate goodness of the majority of Americans together will help us survive,what will surely be another long 4 years of more taxes and regulation , and the loss of more liberty.

  2. Jim Granelli said at 12:52 pm on November 9th, 2012:

    Kudos to the groups of Mennonite men driving daily from the Lancaster, Pa area each day since a couple of days after the storm,emptying homes tearing out carpet and sheet rock.

    God Bless them because that is the real spirit of America, based on volunteerism and self help, not the governme good intentioned is being bungled by beaure

  3. Jim Granelli said at 8:37 pm on November 9th, 2012:

    Sorry about the fat finger syndrome problem on the crackberry…

    The last line should read:

    Not the government’s good intentioned programs that keep getting bungled by beauracracy.