UPDATE: Ice, Water, Supplies and Shelter Available; Donations Accepted

Recreation center, Berkeley Twp. Elementary offering clothing, water; shelter available at Central Regional High School

Update, 3:30 p.m. Sunday: Here's a list of items currently needed at all locations:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries, especially contact lens solution, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream
  • Baby products -- diapers, wipes, baby food, baby formula
  • Advil, Motrin, Tylenol
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper products -- paper plates, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels
  • Ziploc bags

Donations are being accepted at Central Regional, at Berkeley Twp. Elementary School and at the recreation center.

Central Regional High School's main gymnasium has cots for those needing shelter overnight. The shelter is pet-friendly.

The Silver Ridge Park West clubhouse is open as a warming center, and Berkeley Township Elementary School and H&M Potter will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for those needing warmth and a place to charge electronics. Coffee will be available.

Previously: As a steady stream of cars pulled into the parking lot at the Berkeley Recreation Center, picking up cases of water and ice, a tractor-trailer rolled to a stop on the side of Route 9.

Volunteers flew into a frenzy of activity, one clearing cones so the truck could pull into the lot, others helping to unload the last pallet of ice from an earlier delivery, and still others loading cars to send them on their way.

As Javier Barrera maneuvered the big rig into the lot, the logo on his truck became visible: RSA Express, Dearborn, Mich.

"I picked up the ice in Ottawa Lake, Mich., and drove all the way to Livingston," said Barrera, who hails from Detroit. The trip, from just west of Toledo, took about 14 hours.

Dale York from London, Ky., drove about 14 hours as well, after picking up ice from Home City Ice in West Virginia, just one of the places JCP&L ordered 100 loads of ice from for communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

"We left West Virginia about 8 p.m. on Halloween," York said, carrying 44,000 pounds of ice bound for New Jersey. He reached Livingston on Friday and had been waiting there for instructions before he was sent to Bayville.

Ice and water aren't the only items that Berkeley residents can pick up, however; donations of clothing, bedding and food have been flowing in as well to help those who've suffered severe losses as a part of the storm.

Donations continue to be accepted at the recreation center and at Berkeley Township Elementary School, which was opened as a donation center on Saturday after the halls of Central Regional High School began to overflow with donations.

Central Regional opened as a shelter with sleeping accommodations on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning at the Berkeley Township Council's emergency meeting it was announced that it is a pet-friendly shelter.

Donations have been flowing in not just from local sources, however. At the recreation center, volunteers recounted how one man drove up with his pickup truck loaded with clothing and items, donations he had gathered from those around him in Delaware.

"He drove all the way up here from Delaware in his personal truck," said Sherri Kriss Dillane, who was helping to direct traffic at the rec center. "That's amazing."

Others came to donate time. Craig Flannery of Warren and several of his Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity brothers had fanned out across the area, helping at shelters and other aid centers, loading ice and water into vehicles and helping others unload donations from their vehicles.

"Thank you for coming to help," Berkeley Council President James J. Byrnes said to Flannery. "We are grateful."

Saturday afternoon there was a steady flow of people coming in to look through the donated clothing, picking out coats and items for babies as well as a few items for themselves. Some came in to help others unable to travel on their own, including one woman who drove from The Americana hotel in Toms River to help about 20 adults and 8-10 children in need.

"We've gotten a lot of help with clothes," she said, "but we've been having trouble with food."

Residents who are still in need will be able to pick up water and ice at the recreation center on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. Berkeley Township Elementary School also will be open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those in need to pick up clothing, water and supplies, Berkeley Superintendent Dr. James Roselli said.

"If you are not able to travel to BTES, please send someone on your behalf to pick up supplies," Roselli said. "No more donations are needed at this time but if you would like to volunteer to assist, please go to the school tomorrow during those hours to help the staff members who will be there."

Patti Smith said volunteers have been delivering ice and water to areas where people haven't yet heard of its availability, including to residents in Ocean Gate.

"It's so sad, seeing what happened there," Smith said. "They have been cleaning out their homes and didn't know this was available. They were so grateful."

Berkeley Township Elementary School will also be open during the week for those in need to pick up clothing and supplies, Roselli said. Coffee and the opportunity to warm up will be available there and at H&M Potter as well, he said.

Sherry Kriss-Dillane November 04, 2012 at 12:49 PM
As we are putting ice and water in peoples/car I tell a new volunteer the ice goes on the floor, the woman said, oh you can put it on the seat, it doesn't matter..I say..oh no ma'am we are still trying to be. Respectful.she looks at me and says now you are going to make me cry, as she starts to wipe the tears away she looks at me and says thank you..now she is really crying, I lean in tell her I h ope everything will be okay and give again another hug out as well as I again start to cry...we were also getting beeps of thanks you's, God bless you's, we are all doing a great job..but the most when asked what they want EVERY SINGLE person would tell us with a PLEASE AND THANK YOU AT THE END...ALL VOLUNTEERS DID GREAT TODAY..SO PROUD TO WORK WITH ALL THESE AMAZING PEOPLE!
Sherry Kriss-Dillane November 04, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Before I go to bed I have to share these two stories with you that people told me themselves. As I am directing traffic into the rec. parking lot, I ask what they need, Ice, water, Clothing food etc. and then direct them to the appropriate lane..As I am asking one father and daughter, I see the tears in her eyes..they need water and ice, but have nothing to put the ice in..I tell them pull over in a parking space when I move the cones and tell them to wait..I go inside, see a rubber made container, tell the woman in side I am taking it as I empty the shoes on the floor and say sorry..One girl Lisa asks if everything is okay..I turn with tears in my eyes and say no, tell her someone needs ice but has nothing to put it in..I deliver it to the woman as she proceeds to tell me.
Sherry Kriss-Dillane November 04, 2012 at 12:52 PM
She is an EMT, was working in the storm and came home to her bottom level of her home destroyed..She was out helping people and came back to an unlivable home..She cried as I hugged her for about 5 minutes and told us how grateful she was..it broke our hearts, we hugged her father as we told them our prayers are with them both..Another story a woman came in who lost everything and had her 1 yr. old daughter in the car, again..I asked the same questions again, I directed her over to park as she broke into tears and couldn't drive in the right lane...She proceeds to tell me they lost everything and her daughter is cold..She just needs some clothes and water...I asked her where she was staying, she said at a friends, again..they have no power..I directed her inside to get whatever she needed and told her about the shelter at the high school..again, gave out hugs and cried tears as well.
Sherry Kriss-Dillane November 04, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I can go on..but I won't, there are in the last 3 days more stories than I can count, all different but yet all the same sadness and feeling of helplessness..And as I am standing out there freezing my butt off and helping to do what ever I can, I know at the end of the day I have a warm home to go to, a bed to sleep in, food in the cabinets and clean, warm and dry clothes to put on the next day..You see..we were the lucky ones....I thank God everyday for keeping us safe, but will never forget what all others went through and will for months to come...You see, this is real...This is what Hurricane Sandy did...Please remember if you live in the areas that were affected, A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE US WEREN'T SO LUCKY..PLEASE COUNT YOUR BLESSING AND HELP SOMEONE IN NEED...
Fundraising Coordinator November 04, 2012 at 09:50 PM
So proud of my family for volunteering their time to help those in need! Rise up, Come together, stay united, and stay Jersey Strong!!!!
Selinda Mahan November 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
My sister lives in Bayville, NJ, and she called me yesterday to say that she now has her power restored and phones working. Power came back on Saturday late evening. I hope you all will be getting your power back on; praying for you all down here in Georgia. God bless you all!
Steve Dickinson November 06, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I have my power restored Sunday night.But the main thing I was finding hard to get was D cell batteries they could help out some of the people that still don't have power.Yes My neighbors still have generators humming away.
Steve Dickinson November 06, 2012 at 02:40 AM
As we took brakes from clearing the roads,it was very mooving seeing and helping people bringing in and picking up much needed supplies and clothing.It all seemede appreciated and we all felt good to be a part of it and be able to help out.We especially think the truck driver with the fema ice deserves a big hand of applause he hung out and helped hand out and direct traffic.In fact it was a terrific job by everyone!!even the Mayor!!Thank-You
John M November 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Sherry, thank you very much for sharing these heart warming stories ... They really put things in perspective.
Michele Hayes November 07, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Michele Hayes. I collect as much babies supplies that I could with the help of two of my fellow team members from the hospital, while it felt good to drop off donated goods at central regional high school, it was also sad to see everyone rummaging thru things to meet their needs. I wish I could help each person individually , it is just so overwhelming to see so many people devastated by this hurricane. Our town is strong, we help each other, in time we will get back on track...... I love bayville. Also, thankyou to BTES for personally calling to check on my family. Our schools are awesome!
Michele Hayes November 07, 2012 at 05:17 AM
JCP & L last update when I called was that power should be restored by Nov 9th.
Beth raichle November 07, 2012 at 12:27 PM
U should see my house !!!! OCEAN GATE ELEMENTARY Donations today 300 blankets 100 tooth brushes 30 tubes of tooth paste 50rolls of toilet paper 20 boxes of tampons 1000 bottles of water 14 boxes of food 15 boxes of clothes 3 Cases of Diapers & wipes 2 cases of baby food & formula 2 Cases of cleaning supplies 10 bags of pet food THANKS EVERYONE ! Beth Raichle


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