When you have lost nearly everything, little things can make a big difference.
At the Toms River North High School Shelter in New Jersey, which is operated by the American Red Cross, there has been a huge wave of community generosity. Hundreds of displaced people have been calling it home since Sandy struck, leaving a trail of destruction along the New Jersey Shore.
But of course it’s not home. And that is where the Red Cross workers are going the extra mile to make the residents as comfortable as possible.
Volunteer, Linda Grover, from Deland in Florida, who is one of the 5300 Red Cross workers, who have travelled to the area from all over the country to help the disaster victims, has set up a special comfort station.
It provides shelter residents and families with everything from toothbrushes to toiletries, combs to face creams, diapers to deodorant and socks, gloves and children’s games. And local people, who just want to something to help, are bringing in the stock for what they have nicknamed the “Smile Store”.
Of course the donated goods are given out to anyone who needs them.
Linda Grover and her colleagues say they are constantly being asked what people in the shelter need? And a short time later they are supplied. She says the Community has done a fabulous job of not only putting the Shelter together but also being incredibly generous in supporting their less fortunate neighbors.
She says “ I feel so honored to be part of this, it’s been a joy. My payment for the long hours and leaving my family to be here, is the wonderful smiles I get”
Note : The stock of comfort items for the free store came from the local Toms River community