NEW JERSEY (WPIX)—State, federal and local authorities are calling on the public to aid New Jersey residents whose homes and neighborhoods suffered flood damage from Hurricane Irene:
The State Department is directing volunteers to some of the hardest-hit areas. Those interested in helping should contact the Governor`s Office of Volunteerism at (609) 633-9629 or (609) 775-5236. Potential volunteers can also find places to help online by visiting VolunteerNewJersey.org. or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Red Cross is accepting financial donations to help with the recovery. Donations can be made by calling (800) 733-2767, or online by visiting the website for your local Red Cross chapter. To find your local office, visit redcross.org and enter your zip code on the right side of the home page.
The Red Cross is also asking for blood donors to visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation. Platelet donations, which are vital to cancer patients, can be made by calling (215) 451-4153.
The Blood Bank of New Jersey is hosting several drives this week in flood-ravaged areas. On Friday, there will be a drive at the Wayne Department of Health from 3 to 8 p.m., and another event in Passaic at 503 Paulison Ave. from noon to 6 p.m. To find about other drives, or to donate blood in your area, call (973) 676-4700.
Donations can be made to the state chapter of the Salvation Army by calling (800) SAL-ARMY or by texting the word "storm" to 80888, which will send an automatic $10 donation from mobile phones. Donations can all be made online by visiting salvationarmyusa.org
Flood victims in Denville are "desperately in need" of clothing store gift cards. Township officials are asking anyone who can donate to drop off gift cards to the Social Services Department located at 1 St. Mary`s Place inside Town Hall.
The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are urging the public to donate money, rather than goods, because damage from rising flood waters