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Weekday Warriors

Sandy Weekday Warriors - Helping clear one home at a time in Ortley

We went back this Thursday and Friday.  14 people, 2 days, we got 9 homes done.  I've been saying "one home at a time!" People are slowing pulling it together.  Some folks still in shock.  I went into 2 homes this week, that hadn't done anything! They don't know where to start and are overwhelmed.

Grown men have been moved to tears to have total strangers show up and say.. "Hey, forget it, what do you need done?".  Then getting it done with a good attitude and a joke here or there.  I think many miss the emotional connection of having "someone" with you.  To "feel" you aren't alone.  Many of these owners, older.  Many seem to be second or third generation.

It breaks my heart that their years of memories are washed away.  Not everyone has another 25 years to rebuild their "collections".  Very sad indeed. I see them and I think, "there but by the grace of God go I".  I have to help!  This week I'm only getting in to help on Friday sooo hopefully, I'll get more volunteers! I hope to get our own permits this week and I am looking to work with other groups as well.

I will say, I am a bit frustrated that I see all these billions raised and I'm sure they are doing good, but Ortley not seeing much, that I know of!  BODIES, able body people! That's what they need!  Caring folks, that will help them though this mess.  Physically and emotionally.  I keep a list of the folks we've helped.  IF I can find more help for them, I hook them up!  I'm hoping to increase my volunteer base.

I'D love to be able to go block by block and offer help.  I do know others are down there.  I've seen The Mormons, Calvary Church, my founders, lol SurfRiders... but I want to see more! Less red tape and more folks helping their neighbors.  I am the supreme optimist!  Not a bad way to be! xo  

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dainty January 09, 2013 at 03:26 PM
We go to Ortley every Thursday and Friday as volunteers! We call ourselves, “Weekday Warriors”. We have been clearing out homes for people in need. Most volunteers from the original SurfRiders volunteers! They were our original motivation. We are tying to get every home cleaned and cleared, one home at a time! We meet at 9 am, at the Bell Crest Plaza parking lot on Fischer Blvd, TR. (943 Fischer Boulevard Toms River, NJ 08753) Please join us! While yes, it is hard work, it is such a rewarding day. We have been clearing out homes of furniture, cabinets, sand, sheetrock and wood floors. Naturally, working as a team, a lot easier and faster! You are truly helping folks that are exhausted and overwhelmed! We work hard but we do share a few laughs! Please bring lunch. Dress in layers, as it may feel cold but as we start working, it gets warm, fast! Good, strong work boots! Old ones even better! Good work gloves, or I can supply them. Goggles, if you have them. If you have good masks please bring them. I have masks as well to share. Tools: crowbars for floors, (or whatever works best : ) small sledgehammers for walls (or whatever works best : ) I can get shovels and wheel barrels once we are in Ortley. I will bring a case of water. We start going over at 9 and we are off the Island by 3. There are port a potty’s now! so drag : ) or bring a friend! Thank you and hope to see you!* Joan* on Facebook: Sandy - Weekday Warrior
dainty January 28, 2013 at 01:50 AM
We will be working on Coolidge Ave in Ortley Beach, 9:30am - 3:30pm this Friday Feb 1st and Saturday Feb 2nd, if you care to join us! Please contact me. We have hot lunch provided! Thank you *
dainty February 04, 2013 at 03:02 AM
We will be going back this Friday! https://www.facebook.com/events/594132493936186/
Lou Cando February 15, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Are the volunteers still going over there?
dainty February 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Yes we were down today. We work on Bay Blvd. Tomorrow we are supposed to go back BUT it depends on the weather. If we get rain or snow we dont go. thank you joan* https://www.facebook.com/SandyNJWarriors I post my event here on Facebook*

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