MANAHAWKIN, N.J. -- What was loaded quickly by forklifts in Jacksonville, Fla., was unloaded slowly, but steadily by hand in Trenton, New Jersey.
In each of the boxes is relief.
Relief from hunger, relief from thirst, and relief from the cold.
"We are just happy to be a part of what is going on and we are happy to be the church that was chosen to do the distribution," said Gabriel Clinton of Bethel World Outreach Ministries.
Half of the First Coast's donations will stay in Trenton, the rest will be traveling to Manahawkin to King of Kings Community Church.
Here, the First Coast's donations will join others from across the country.
"We need to show people hope and there is hope," said Janice Dryburgh.
Dryburgh said right now they have plenty of clothes but need things like cleaning products, space heaters and volunteers. She said they will likely need donations for months to come as people work to get back into their homes.
"This is not a flavor of the day, this is a catastrophe that is going to last for many months to come," said John Spodofara, Mayor of Stafford Township.
And as people begin to put their lives together, the community here is thankful for all the donations, especially those who grew up on the First Coast like Mary Jo Rostien, who now lives in Manahawkin.
"My brother Joe Smith and Marilyn Smith from Jacksonville called me said, 'we just sent up two tractor trailers' and I just thank everybody for their donations and all," Rostien said.
Mary Jo was so thankful she was almost in tears when she was speaking to us that you all gathered so much to send up here for the people here. Now what they need right now is cleaning products, food, space heaters and volunteers!
And as Janice at King of Kings said before you send anything, call the distribution site or call the organization you want to donate to and find out what they specifically need.
First Coast News