Mayor’s Office Organizes Effort To Help Avenel Family Left Homeless By Fire

Mayor John E. McCormac (Woodbridge Twp. photo)

Mayor John E. McCormac (Woodbridge Twp. photo)

WOODBRIDGE – Mayor John E. McCormac today announced a fundraising effort to secure donations to assist a family from the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township that was left homeless after a fire swept through their Cornell Street home on Thursday, Nov. 7. The eight occupants literally escaped with only the clothes on their back and are in need of financial assistance.

The Avenel-Colonia First Aid Squad will be open to accept donations of cash, checks, and gift cards Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9  from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Aid Squad building located at 105 Avenel Street, Avenel. Checks can be made out to the Woodbridge Community Charity Fund.

The greatest need is for monetary donations and gift cards for food, clothes, and supplies (kitchen, bath, bedroom). New clothes donations can be dropped off for a six month old boy, two year old boy, seven year old girl, eight year old boy, 21 and 23 year old women, and two young grandparents. This is not a clothes drive; only new clothes for the specific ages will be accepted.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Avenel Knights of Columbus, 109 Morrisey Avenue in Avenel (one block off Rahway Avenue across from Maple Tree Manor and the Woodbridge Developmental Center). Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for seniors; and $5 for children under 12. There will be no advance sales. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Contact the Mayor’s office at 732-602-6015 for additional information.

“Thank you for helping us help this Woodbridge family in need,” McCormac said. “Our community always responds in a big way and this family really needs our help. Thank you in advance.”

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