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Help 2 Belmar, New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Victim Families Get Home by Summer

03 Feb 2015 | by Brendan Read
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Belmar, New Jersey was hit hard by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy in October, 2012. I live in Belmar and recounted the terrifying experience in one of my blogs. Last year Frost & Sullivan published a Market Insight report on how Belmar effectively used social media to inform residents before, during, and after the horrible event.

Belmar was one of the first communities to clean up and rebuild after Sandy. This is thanks to the determination, resourcefulness, and teamwork of its residents, community organizations, and governments of all levels, both staff and officials, partnering with outside agencies.

Unfortunately there are still two families of our approximately 5,800 year-round residents who have not been able to return home since Sandy struck over 2 years ago. Each family needs a minimum of $100,000 each to get back home. This money is the bare amount the contractors need to finish the jobs for each house. But while there is additional funds waiting for them it has been snarled in red tape. Alas there are no other resources: from non-profits, relatives, or governments available to help them.

In response the Borough of Belmar and St. Rose Church/St. Vincent DePaul Society has launched a fundraising campaign to bring these families home by summer. They are seeking donations online through PayPal or by check (made out to "Home by Summer"), and mailed to the Borough of Belmar, Attn: Home by Summer, P.O. Box A, Belmar, NJ 07719.

Please take the time to check out the campaign, and please donate.

Thank you.