Rahway Responds To Philippines Typhoon Tragedy

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Rahway City Councilman Robert Bresenhan

Rahway City Councilman Robert Bresenhan

RAHWAY — In response to the recent tragic events in the Philippines, Rahway City Councilman Robert Bresenhan, Jr. has announced “Rahway Responds”, an all-volunteer, in-kind coordinated humanitarian relief effort.

Bresenhan is partnering with the Rahway Fire Department, Rahway Fire Chief William R. Young and other area organizations to collect canned goods and other supplies for residents of the Philippines disaster areas impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Union and Middlesex county residents are invited to bring donations that will be delivered to the disaster zones of the Philippines.

The overall effort is being orchestrated by Rev. Roy B. Regaspi of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bayonne; Rev. John Corbett, director Stella Maris Church and the Apostleship of the Sea, Port Newark; Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro; Osaka Shipping providing the cargo container and transportation and Eastern Warehousing as well as volunteer members of the International Longshoremen’s Association providing the labor to load and stow the container. The items collected will be transported via an ocean cargo container and delivered to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) at Manila on or about Jan. 8, 2014.

The Rahway Fire Department Headquarters at 1300 Main Street (across from Rahway City Hall) will be accepting specific items for donation Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Nov. 29.

The items being collected include:

  • canned food (preferably ready to eat i.e. peanut butter, canned meats, sardines, instant soups and noodles, shelf stable milk, rice, etc…)
  • plastic cutlery
  • paper plates
  • paper napkins
  • new apparel
  • mosquito repellent
  • antifungal medication
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • vitamins
  • nutritional supplements
  • baby diapers
  • wipes
  • towels
  • food and formula
  • toiletries
  • wound dressing
  • buckets
  • cleaning items
  • feminine hygiene products
  • transistor radios
  • disinfectants
  • hand tools
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • toothpaste
  • tooth brushes
  • plastic sheeting/tarps
  • detergents
  • general medical supplies
  • pain relievers and various over the counter medications (at least one year from expiration)
  • garbage bags
  • water purifier tablets
  • water containers
  • tents and other temporary shelters
  • freshly laundered and clean blankets
  • clean sheets and clean towels
  • pillows
  • pots, pans and cooking utensils
  • power generators

No aerosols, flammables or corrosives such as bleach will be accepted.

Call or email Councilman Bresenhan at 848-467-4341 or robertbresenhanjr@gmail.com with any questions or ideas.

Robert Bresenhan, Jr.


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