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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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Judy Meghnagi December 10, 2012 at 02:17 PM
We want to thank the surfriders for being a blessing to us in Ortley on Harding Ave!!! We can't thank you enough for your help!
Sharon DeAngelis December 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Ditto that on the assistance the Surfriders provided to us on Harding Ave in Ortley as well as a great job by TJ/crew through the N Ocean Bucket Brigade (for the 2nd weekend in a row)! There are so many volunteers out there and we still need more but what a blessing all these folks have been!! We will rebuild!
Nancy December 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I'd like to volunteer with Weekend Warriors - where, when, etc?? Thanks!
dainty December 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
We are going back tomorrow at 9am! 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 us at 9 am, at the old Food Town 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. I have permits so drag : ) or bring a friend! on Facebook: Sandy - Weekday Warrior
dainty December 14, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Bridge is closed tomorrow. We are not going. We will return next Thursday and Friday!
Nancy December 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Can't make it next week (20 & 21) but definitely the following week if you go, pls post if you're going. We have experience, as we cleaned out my mom's and a neighbor's house so far! I also have a TR permit if someone needs a ride, and will bring tools, and hopefully a few friends!
beachfan December 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM
This is great to hear as it seemed with the restricted access and proof of ownership required that it was limiting volunteers from getting to the barrier island. I have been volunteering on Staten Island where you can just drive into a neighborhood and go door to door asking if people need help and they do. The Red Cross and other organizations drive around daily providing free box lunches to owners and volunteers. I knew there were plenty of people needing help on the barrier island, but the townships and residents did not seem welcome to outsiders for fear of looting, which is unfortunate as there are hundreds of volunteers each weekend in unrestricted communities helping with the clean up. I will spread the word of your group.
dainty December 18, 2012 at 03:13 AM
We are going back the 20 & 21st! Please join us! 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 us at 9 am, at the Bell Crest parking lot on Fischer Blvd, TR. (943 Fischer Boulevard Toms River, NJ 08753) 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! I have permits so drag : ) or bring a friend! Thank you and see you!* Joan* on Facebook: Sandy - Weekday Warrior
dainty December 19, 2012 at 11:03 PM
If you know of anyone in Ortley needing help, please have the contact me. Thank you joan*
dainty January 03, 2013 at 03:43 AM
We are NOT going this Thurs or Friday* We will go back next Thursday & Friday! Thank you * Lets see. Whats been going on. We had 200 volunteers, and a few bobcats!, over 3 days, help dig out 101 homes in Ocean Beach III! Worked out great and we got alot of sand moved for them* Seems a lot more volunteers coming down. Mostly from Church's and they are doing a great job! Also seems, many volunteers coming down, do not have contacts, nor people to help. I've been trying to gather names to share with them. I personally do not care who does the work as long as it "just gets done!". We are almost at week 10! WOW! While so much has gotten better, the sand in the streets, PORTAPOTTY's : ) alot of trash removed, most of the appliances gone. Its still so horrible! Pictures are only one dimensional and don't come close to the reality. So we hang in there : ) We also have a commitment from a volunteer group to send 200 people to Pelican Island 1/25 to help get them back to some semi-normal! We did stop for Steak sandwich at Steaks Unlimited in Seaside! Seaside Hgts has a few places Lucky Leos, Beach Comber, Steaks Unlimted THE Original! but you have to be gone by 4! Thanks for following us! xo
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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