In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Jersey Shore has seen a massive influx of donations and support.

Here at, we chose to help Hometown Heroes, an established non-profit that has been doing charitable work in the area for many years.

We feel that it is important to assure those who support us that their donations are being put to good use locally, while also protecting the dignity and privacy of our neighbors whom we are assisting.

Of the money spent by Hometown Heroes on Superstorm Sandy relief thus far, the majority has been in the form of grocery and home improvement store gift cards, provided to local residents to assist with feeding their families and rebuilding their homes.

Below is a list of specific, need-based assistance that Hometown Heroes has provided. We will continue to update the list so that you can donate with confidence:

  • $944 to help a single mom with three children pay rent in Jackson.
  • $1,000 to a single father in Manasquan for expenses.
  • $625.24 to pay the gas bill of a single mom who lost wages due to the storm.
  • $700 to purchase beds for a Seaside Heights family who lost their home.
  • $1,950 to pay the security deposit on a new rental for a currently homeless woman.
  • $1,000 for an elderly Seaside Park couple who lost all of their possessions.
  • $1,000 for supplies for a displaced family with two children.
  • $1,200 to replace furniture for an Ocean Gate family with six children who lost their home.
  • $1,500 towards rebuilding for an Ocean Gate resident who had three feet of water in their home and no flood insurance.
  • $1,000 to help an Ocean Gate family with two children rebuild.
  • $1,000 for supplies to a married couple in Toms River with a flood damaged home.
  • $1,000 for a Manchester family with one child and another on the way to cover supplies.
  • $2,500 for a security deposit on a rental for a Toms River family with three children.
  • $1,000 to replace the furnace of a family's home in Brick.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance from Hometown Heroes, please fill out a help request. If you are interesting in helping, please visit the official Hometown Heroes website to make a safe and secure donation.


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