More than 700 Mormon Helping Hands volunteers from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware donated 4,859 hours to southern New Jersey senior citizens, helping clean up fallen trees and other debris from the June 29 derecho thunderstorm, said Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spokesperson Aaron Titus.
They got help from a dozen United Methodist Church volunteers and several Boy Scouts and Comcast Employees, Titus said. Volunteers responded to 314 requests and saved senior citizens an estimated $529,000 in tree removal expenses, said Titus. To see a three-minute video about their work, visit: youtu.be/Vgl5TKOEaOc/.
Charity golf event
Cape Bank employees took to the links to play and volunteer at the St. Brendan the Navigator First Annual Charity Golf Invitational held Aug. 12 at the Sand Barrens Golf Club in Swainton, Middle Township, which benefitted Family Promise of Cape May County.
The event, organized by St. Brendan church members Bob and Madeline Baxter, raised $32,000 said executive director Laurie Johnson.
About 250 friends of Nick Van Wattingen raised $14,000 in a fundraiser Aug. 26 at Maynard's Cafe in Margate, to help the 24-year-old Margate resident pay medical bills after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a June 24 assault in Sea Isle City, said organizer Erin Kerstetter, of Ventnor.
Van Wattingen, who was able to attend the benefit, is facing more than $100,000 in medical bills and was uninsured, Kerstetter said. He had just graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a degree in criminal justice.
The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum at the Cape May Airport recently added an F-16 Fighting Falcon to its collection, and 20 members of the Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing based in Egg Harbor New Jersey helped clean and reassemble it upon arrival.
The team of about 20 National Guard crew members used the F-16 project as a drill weekend Aug. 18 to 19, working with museum volunteers. Call 609-886-8787 or visit usnasw.org.
Tools for Schools
The AMI Foundation collected enough donated school supplies in eight Atlantic Imaging Offices to fill 200 backpacks for needy kids during its fourth Annual "Tools for Schools" supply drive, July 30 through August 13, a spokesperson said.
The foundation purchased the book bags. In four years the AMI Foundation has donated about 900 book bags to area schoolchildren.