POTTSTOWN PA – Student volunteers who are members of the Pottsgrove High School chapter of Spark The Wave, a community service organization, collected more than 1,600 food items and other necessities Saturday (Nov. 10, 2012) during a day-long drive at Redner’s Warehouse Market in the North End Shopping Center, North Charlotte Street, to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey.
In addition to cans, boxes and jars of much-needed groceries, and more than $100 in cash donations, the group also gathered more than 280 emergency-use items like batteries, flashlights and candles, chapter president Arizona Brennan reported by e-mail. She offered its public thanks to dozens of Redner’s shoppers who took time to make donations.
The group followed up Sunday (Nov. 11, 2012) with a similar collection to benefit the food pantry of the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities, her mother, Elysia Brennan added.
The students’ efforts were the latest in a broad show of local support for victims of what was labeled as the “super storm” that marched up the East Coast during late October and early November.
- Items collected by Spark The Wave were merged with those of another drive conducted by the Douglassville store of the Lords and Ladies salon chain and trucked to Jersey City NJ. Also helping in that campaign were Jukebox Cafe of Boyertown, which donated food for the volunteers, and Beacon Container Corp. of Birdsboro, which supplied 480 boxes. Read what Jersey City relief organizers had to say about them, here.
- Mike Crater, owner of Mike’s Brick Oven Pizza on North Charlotte Street, Pottstown, his wife Chris, employees, and another crew of volunteers packed up a 27-foot rental truck filled with donations collected at the restaurant and transported them to Hoboken NJ accompanied by a convoy of 19 other vehicles from other collection points. See a Facebook album of 12 photos taken as the Pottstown truck was being unloaded, here.
- Sanatoga residents Dawn and Ronald Wilson were able to send a trailer-load of donated supplies to Dawn’s hard-hit hometown of Bayonne NJ following a story in The Post about their local non-profit corporation. The Lower Pottsgrove store of Home Depot donated plywood so Ronald could turn a flatbed trailer to a road-bound cargo hauler. See it being built at their Facebook album, here.
Spark The Wave will next turn its sights on the “Toys For Tots” program. Pottsgrove student Madison Hartzel and her colleagues are planning a Dec. 8 (2012) winter festival with games and activities, at which the donation of a new, unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more is the admission price. Details will be announced soon.