Church Organizes Relief Effort For Those Affected By Recent Storms

ASBURY PARK – Hurricanes and storms bring devastation but on the positive side, these weather incidents have a way of bringing people together. That’s the case in Asbury Park, where food, clothing, health items, furniture and other necessities are being delivered by the tractor trailer loads from Capitol Heights, Maryland. Volunteers are needed at Cathedral International to unload trucks on Saturday and deliver items to designated distressed areas.

The trucks will arrive at Cathedral International in Asbury Park, 1200 Grand Avenue (corner of Grand and 4th). Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Items will be distributed to sites overwhelmed by Superstorm Sandy and the recent nor’easter. For more information, call Carole Dortch-Wright at 1-732-826-5293 or email

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Cathedral International’s Senior Pastor, Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., conducted a conference call to garner support for the thousands of people impacted by the storm. On the call was Pastor Anthony G. Maclin, Pastor of The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square, Capitol Heights, Maryland. He immediately began the call for relief items and will now deliver them to Asbury Park in tractor trailers on Saturday morning.

Volunteers are needed to assist with unloading the trucks and delivering relief items to designated areas. One of the trucks will go directly to Pastor Marti McGrail, Pastor of what was the New Life Church in Highlands. Ten feet of water their destroyed their church building and everything in it. Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Highlands has opened its doors for the congregation to hold services in its sanctuary.

Communities of Asbury Park, Perth Amboy, Plainfield, Neptune, Highlands and other towns needing food, medical and building supplies, clothes, coats, blankets, cleaning supplies and much more will receive these gifts from the people of Maryland and New Jersey. Volunteers willing to use their vehicles to transport these items are needed.

Many churches and organizations are partnering in this effort of what’s being called an effort of “loving out loud.” “It’s an example of the power of coming together and displaying love and hope following a tragedy,” said Bishop Hilliard. Coordinating the Post Sandy Relief Effort is Brian Major, Minister of Media from Cathedral International. Along with him in this crucial act of caring is Pastor Lyddale Akins, Triumphant Life Church, Neptune; Pastor Isaac Friedel, Jersey Shore Dream Center, Belmar; Rev. Kevin Williams, Martin Luther King Presbyterian Church USA, Neptune; Jack Redman, Christ Church, Rockaway, NJ; municipal leaders, educational organizations and many other partners.

Cathedral International is the historic Second Baptist celebrating 108 years in ministry this year. Under the leadership of Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., the 5,000 member, multi-generational, multi-cultural regional church primarily serves the communities of Perth Amboy, Asbury Park and Plainfield. For more information about Cathedral International, visit

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