SANATOGA PA – Dawn Wilson has lived on North Sanatoga Road for about eight years, but she’s got her hometown of Bayonne NJ in her blood. So when the peninsular city located just south of Manhattan was hard-hit last week by Hurricane Sandy – experts there say it may take years to recover from the devastation – she and her husband Ronald decided to help as best they could.
The Wilsons are accustomed to helping. In 2008 they and two friends founded a Pennsylvania-registered non-profit corporation, Bikers Against Child Abuse of Berks County Inc., to assist victims of child abuse. Now they’ve temporarily turned the efforts of the non-profit to assist Bayonne residents who are “in desperate need of help,” Dawn said in an e-mail.
The couple has established a Facebook page, titled “Relief For Bayonne Victims Of Sandy,” that provides updates on the situation there. They’re using their home as a collection point for supplies being driven or shipped to the city whenever traffic and time allows. And they’re accepting tax-deductible monetary contributions under the charity’s umbrella, with the public assurance that “100 percent of donations” will benefit the people of Bayonne.
The Wilsons openly worry, though, that Bayonne’s problems could become worse before they get better.
They and others involved with the Facebook page have been monitoring the much smaller, but somewhat “Sandy-like,” nor’easter storm that’s expected to bring moderate-to-heavy rain and colder temperatures Wednesday through Friday (Nov. 7-9, 2012) up the East Coast. Local governments around the Bayonne area are already ordering mandatory evacuations in anticipation of its arrival.
Usable goods that include water, canned food, diapers, powdered baby formula, bleach, powder milk, toiletries, pet food, and clean blankets all will be accepted through Friday by the Wilsons at their home, 1408 N. Sanatoga Rd., to be delivered to Bayonne emergency responders on Saturday (Nov. 10). Those who have items to drop off are asked to call 610-517-7833 in advance.
As an alternative, Dawn said, items can be drop shipped to her address by UPS, FedEx or the Postal Service where applicable and regulations permit.
- Those in the Collegeville area can similarly contact BACA volunteer Cheri at 215-310-8503.
For donor safety, monetary donations are being accepted through BACA’s PayPal account, here.
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