Jeanne here …
I don’t know if you know this, but I was born and raised in New Jersey. Hackettstown. Which is sort of North Jersey. In Warren County. On Route 46.
And I still have a lot of friends and family there.
My aunts and uncles.
My best girls from high school.
So many of them are still in the area.
So this has been a weird week for me. Hearing and seeing the devastation brought by Sandy … and now this storm that started yesterday, wreaking it’s own kind of havoc and slowing down the recovery efforts.
So many still don’t have power.
The gas lines are crazy long.
And I personally know at least two people who lost everything in the storm and/or the aftermath. Their homes. Their cars. They survived with the clothes on their backs. And they feel blessed. They feel blessed that their lives were spared. They feel blessed that their families are with them. And they feel blessed by the friends who have opened their doors and hearts to them.
It’s really amazing.
So while I’ve been going on day by day just living my life without nary a disruption … these folks have faced the worst and continue to smile and hope and acknowledge the goodness in their disrupted lives.
Which brings me to Donna Murphy Walling.
Donna is a mom who lives in Hackettstown.
I’ve never met her personally.
But her kids play field hockey and cheer with the daughter of one my best friends.
She lives across the street from my childhood home.
She’s friends with Michele, who is my friend Pam’s sister-in-law.
Etc. etc. etc.
We’re connected in more ways that I can recount.
And she apparently has a gorgeous and generous heart.
Because Donna has taken it upon herself to spend her days (while her kids are in school) driving donations to disrupted areas and distributing them to people in need. Personally. She has collected clothes, personal hygiene supplies, crayons and paper, and driven to the shore (and to Staten Island this weekend) to make sure that it winds up in the hands of people that need it.
And after just a few days, it turned into something pretty significant. She’s building a foundation. Jersey Girl Donations.
And while she’s not taking cash donations at this time, she IS accepting stuff… and gift cards… and
And we’d like to help her.
So Abby and I have created a special division of our STORE.
It’s stocked with supplies that are being requested by the actual victims, and will be updated as new requests come in.
And any profits we receive from the HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF STORE will be donated back to Jersey Girl Donations.
Gifts will be tax deductible. So long as you include your information on the donation, Donna will send you a letter with their tax ID number for your taxes.
Donations should be sent to:
Jersey Girl Donations
470 Schooley’s Mountain Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out what people really need, and find space in your heart and pocketbook to help out. She’s doing an amazing thing. And I feel honored that she’s letting us be a part of her efforts.
PLEASE NOTE: Donna has her own STORE on Avon and profits from items purchased through her store also go back into relief efforts.