Press it Forward: Truckload of supplies helps Sandy victims in Atlantic City
The overstuffed pink chair was almost as large as the woman carrying it.
But Trihn Lam managed to squeeze it into the back of her SUV along with other supplies she had picked up Wednesday at the Sovereign Avenue School in Atlantic City.
“It’s for my daughter,” she said. “She’s 12.”
The chair was part of a truckload of donations coordinated by the Cooper Levenson law firm in Atlantic City as part of their “Life After Sandy” project. The shipment included canned goods, uniform shirts, school supplies and a couple of nice mattresses that were quickly claimed.
“I still need mattresses, too” said Lam, who lives near the school.
As the Thanksgiving holiday approached Wednesday, several groups shared the holiday spirit with donations to local storm victims.
A truckload of food and clothing from Wisconsin, coordinated by the Mosinee Area Action Club and coordinating with the local Lion’s Club made stops at the Community Food Bank in Egg Harbor Township and the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Salvation Army.
At Lowe’s stores in Middle Township, Manahawkin and Egg Harbor Township, staff from Lowe’s and Boston Market distributed bags with turkey dinners that included mashed potatoes, corn, rolls and pecan pie. Each site had about 500 packages, each designed to feed a family of four.
“We’re going on the honor system,” said Egg Harbor Township Lowe’s store manager Bill Ingram. “We’re just giving back to the community. Several charities came by to pick up meals for people still living in motels.”
Rose Rowan, of Identity Gear in Gloucester City, donated 18 dozen new navy blue polo shirts for school uniforms for Atlantic City students, plus about 70 insulated lunch bags.
“We’re delighted to do it,” said Rowan, who has a home in Ocean City. “The kids need to get back to normal. I went to Catholic school so I know how important the uniform is.”
Rowan said she also has about 300 Jersey Strong tote bags made up for another project that she would like to find a way to sell to raise money for more shirts, in sort of a “buy a student a shirt for $5 and get a free bag” promotion.
“We’re still working on the logistics of how we could do that,” she said.
The truckload of items from Cooper Levenson was split among families from Sovereign Avenue, Richmond Avenue and Texas Avenue schools, which have been especially hard hit in the storm. Principal Medina Peyton said families began arriving at 8 a.m.
Attorney Ken Calemmo, of Cooper Levenson, saw Lam loading up the chair, and noted that it had come from his daughter’s room.
“She’s older and not so much into pink anymore,” he said.
When Lam found out he was at the site, she ran over to thank him.
“I go to shake his hand,” she said. “Thank you so much.”
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