We, as in my two teammates and I, got the call to leave the Punkin Chunkin festival and start heading to Tom’s River, New Jersey. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name, Tom’s River is where Sandy hit Jersey. It has been one week since Sandy hit land, and people are still without water, power, heat, a place to live, and clean/warm clothes. Many homes in Tom’s River have been destroyed, but people are still living in them, on the second floor or whatever part provides some shelter. The island West of Tom’s River is inhabitable. It has been one week, and residents are not able to return to the island to see if their houses are still standing.
We are off to New Jersey to do what we can to help those in need. We will be providing a mobile communications station for residents to charge their phones, tablets, and laptops. There will be tablets set up for people to sign up for FEMA and check their emails, and we will set up mobile hotspots for those that have their own laptops and need to connect to the internet. Plus, there will be phones to use for anyone that needs to make a few calls. Hopefully, we will be able to help people in the community.
If you or anyone you know is in or near Tom’s River, and you need a charge for your mobile device, a phone to use, or access to the internet come and see us! We are NOT FEMA, but we can help you through the online application and give you information on how to check on the status of your application on your own. We have a tent set up at 953 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, NJ North of the Burger King and across the street from the Sovereign Bank. Look for a big black tent.