Home Depot drew praise from the Christie administration Wednesday for donating cleaning supplies and tools to Toms River residents affected by destruction from Hurricane Sandy.
Delivery trucks full of supplies stopped at Ocean County Baptist Church in Toms River Wednesday and were greeted by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who helped unload rakes, shovels, work gloves, trash bags and cleaning supplies.
Buckets, mops and gloves were important to families who just wanted to clean-up, resume their lives and return to some sense of normality, Guadagno said.
“Home Depot’s donation is very meaningful, not only because it helps people with the physical task of cleaning up, but because the thoughtfulness of the donation lifts the spirits and morale of everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. The work before us is formidable, but Home Depot’s donation and concern will help make our journey just a little easier,” she said.
The donation, made by the Home Depot Foundation, is part of a $1 million immediate relief and long-term rebuilding effort by the Atlanta-based company. Team Depot, the retailer’s volunteer force, is working with local authorities and nonprofit groups to assess damage and mobilize volunteer teams for cleanup activities.
Individuals who wish to donate to New Jersey’s recovery effort are encouraged to call 1-855-NJDONATE (1-855-653-6628).