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Sandy - Weekday Warriors

Experiences with Sandy cleanup in Ortley.

As a local Toms River resident, I have been itching to get over "the bridge".  While I may live "mainland" I consider the beaches mine.  I use Island State Park to Mantoloking beach's more September to May.  Its my quiet time and my time to find peace to conquer the world problems, oh, and run my dogs! 

I went into Ortley beach with SurfRiders, NJ. November 23 & 24th. They were, as far as I know, the first volunteers over there.  In 3 days they helped clear and clean out 85 homes.  I was amazed how well it worked and how many people, who were exhausted, confussed, overwhelmedd, just basically shell shocked.  I knew I had to do more.  I was allowed to post to SurfRiders for volunteers and was able to get, on Nov 29 & 30th, 18 people to help clear out damaged homes.  We did get 14 homes done.  Not as much as I had hoped, but still, a start in the right direction.

I think Ill blog my experiences.  We go back Dec 6th & 7th. 

If you know anyone that wants to help or needs help in Ortley, they may contact me. 

thanks* 

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dainty December 10, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I have seen grown men cry over the fact that strangers came to help. I would hope someone would help me if I needed it. We keep going back! One home at a time! xo thank you*
dainty January 22, 2013 at 07:43 PM
We continue our efforts. 160 volunteers cleared up Pelican Island yesterday! MANY volunteers are now coming to Ortley. Im looking for an area that hasn't been helped to get them started as well! thank you all for helping* joan*
dainty January 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM
We are in Ortley Fri and Sat of this week! Join us! ty*
dainty January 29, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd, we will be working on Coolidge Ave in Ortley Beach. 9:30 am - 3:30 pm! Come one, come all! Drag or bring a friend! PARTY TIME!! Pass the word! We will have hot lunch for Friday!! Coolidge, Coolidge, Coolidge!!! I also think this may be a good time for TOOLS! At least a chain saw! I didn't see any marks on the pole but I do think we just cut it up and remove it. There are also a few walls, decks and other misc wood in there we need to get out! The block needs alot of loving! Thank you* joan*
dainty January 31, 2013 at 04:16 PM
We are going back to Ortley this Friday and Saturday. Please join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/516137475097905/

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