As the holidays draw near, the impact of Hurricane Sandy is still very much on the minds of people in the Woodbridge area. That's why BASF Corporation and members of the Colonia AARP joined in to a post-hurricane relief drive that benefited area residents.
The two groups donated hundreds of non-perishable food items, diapers, blankets, flashlights, batteries, toiletries, and toys for families affected by Hurricane Sandy. The items were donated to the Salvation Army, located in Perth Amboy, who distributed the goods to needy families in Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy and Woodbridge, among other area municipalities hard hit by the storm.
The drive was sponsored by State Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, both of whom represent the Woodbridge area in the 19th Legislative District.
“The generosity of both organizations, BASF Corporation and Colonia AARP, was incredible.They truly went above and beyond in delivering a helping hand to those families still struggling for a sense of normalcy,” said Senator Vitale, in a statement.
“The Salvation Army continues to be a stalwart in the public service community and has been a tremendous partner throughout my term in office. I commend them for stepping up to the plate for area families," he added.
“I toured the unprecedented devastation in all corners of the 19th District, and without question, dozens, if not hundreds, of families will be grateful for the donated items. All of the credit belongs to BASF and Colonia AARP for their generosity. Our office simply served as a designated drop off location,” Coughlin said.