Over the last two weeks we have experienced an interruption of the normal flow of life here in NJ. Many of us have been without power, without heat, some without homes and many needing a hope that transcends the everyday. We at Jacob's Well have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends from around the country who have sent in funds to help the people here in NJ and NY recover from this storm.
This past weekend around 50 Jacob's Wellians served together in four teams here in the Garden State and in one of the Burroughs of NYC. The following is just a simple report that our folks put together for those praying for our work post Sandy.
Report on Service Teams Sent Saturday 11/10/2012
On Saturday November 10th, 2012 friends from Jacob's Well went out together to serve in the recovery efforts of our region. We are grateful for all who donated time, talents and treasure to serve others in Jesus name. All glory to God - the following is but a brief report for those praying for the work in NJ/NY.
Union Beach, NJ
Unloading truck loads of supplies (Clothing, food, toys, toiletries, etc) Packing trailers of donated supplies to be used in the coming days. Organization of supplies brought in to distribution center that will be given to families in need. Helped many exhausted Union Beach residents who had been volunteering for the last 12 days.
Great Bay Gospel Fellowship/Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Partnered with a group from Great Bay Gospel Fellowship to build a structure behind their building that will be able to house a few displaced families. Wall framing, exterior sheathing, floor joist replacement, demo, and a side of trash hauling. Also were able to help a family who got into what is left of their home for the first time today since the hurricane hit. House had three feet of water throughout.
Remedy Church, Brick Township, NJ
Helped clear debris and with clean up of houses hit hard by Sandy belonging to families connected with Remedy church. Also delivered $2,000 worth of diapers to a crisis pregnancy center which was out of supplies and 64 brand new winter coats for children who lost all winter clothing in the storm.
Staten Island, NY
Helped clean out houses and cleared debris from houses that will be demolished due to flood and foundational damage from the storm surge. Helping people salvage what they could of their belongings while removing everything else that could not be salvaged. Filled multiple garbage trucks of debris. Also delivered $2,500 worth of men’s and women’s underwear to displaced people who have lost everything.