Donations of "stuff" sometimes are not helpful in the wake of disaster and, indeed, can be the cause of secondary disasters that divert vital resources. But there is urgent need of clean drinking water in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Here's one way to help, from the New Jersey Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance (ORVA). Please spread the word!
From: John Holl [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 8:56 PM
Subject: Katrina: Bottled Water Donations, Armory Dropoffs
Dear VOAD/COAD Members:
General Maria Falca-Dodson of the NJ National Guard has asked ORVA to assist in getting the word out about donations of bottled water for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Beginning Thursday, September 1 and continuing indefinitely thereafter, the NJ National Guard will be receiving donated bottled water. Only bottled water still in original cases should be donated. The need is critical and I would urge all agencies who can donate water to do so immediately.
Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the armories in the following municipalities:
TEANECK, WEST ORANGE, DOVER, SOMERSET, PORT MURRAY, LAWRENCEVILLE, SEA GIRT, WOODBURY, VINELAND, ATLANTIC CITY and CAPE MAY.
Please call ORVA at 609-777-1248 if you have any questions.
[Added 9/03/05: For more information on Armory locations, see this .pdf from Senator Jon Corzine's office.]