According to Galloway Township Deputy Director of Public Works Office of Community Services Beth Stasuk, the fire departments collected 26,000 pounds worth of donations in the latest donation drive for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Items collected included winter outerwear, shoe gift cards, non-perishable food or gift cards, all sizes of diapers, toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels, among other items.
“We opened up all the fire halls, and the program ended Friday,” Stasuk said at the council meeting on Tuesday night, Nov. 27. “Tim McKenna made the final delivery to the county on his own time on Friday.”
She recognized the Smithville Inn, W.L. Goodfellows and Company and J.D.’s Pub and Grille for donating food to the volunteers. At the same time, council recognized her for her efforts.
“You’re always there when the township needs you,” Mayor Don Purdy said. “You’re always helping. You bring the hometown spirit to Galloway.”
With one donation drive down, another one has popped up to take its place, as the township is now collecting new unwrapped toys for children who were victims of the storm. The toy drive is ongoing through Friday, Dec. 14.
Residents are asked to drop off new, unwrapped toys to Galloway Community Services at 636 South New York Road, across from Biscayne Avenue near the Absecon border.
Toys will be accepted Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Extended dropoff hours until 6 p.m. will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Thursday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 13.
For more information, contact Galloway Community Services at 609-652-8657.