Following is a list of religious groups that have been offering assistance to Hurrican Sandy victims:
Masjid Muhammad will help serve hot meals noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club, 317 Pennsylvania Ave., Atlantic City. Organizers hope to feed at least 300 people, 2nd Ward Councilman Marty Small said. Free heath screenings will be provided at the Boys and Girls Club 12 -3 p.m. Saturday. The mosque will hand out blankets, heaters, gloves, coats, toiletries and other supplies to residents in need during the event. The nonprofit Zubaida Foundation is partnering with Small and Masjid Muhammad for the event.
Apostolic Tabernacle, 923 W. Washington Ave, Pleasantville, is accepting donations of non-perishable foods, baby items and cleaning supplies. The church is also open for victims of Hurricane Sandy to come in and pick up items. Hours are 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Call the church at 609-645-1317.
New Covenant Community Church, 701 New Hampshire Ave., Somers Point, is offering free assistance to homeowners with drywall removal, floors, debris removal and minor tree work for the areas of Brigantine through Strathmere. Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope and DRADT [Disaster Relief and Disaster Training] is providing guidance to NCCC. If you are a homeowner in need of assistance, or want to volunteer, call 609-601-1299.
Samaritan's Purse at the Linwood Community Church 609-927-2950, free debris removal, cleaning and mold prevention. First priority given to uninsured and under-insured properties.
Grace Calvary Church, 19th and the Boulevard in Ship Bottom is hosting a Red Cross site for meals, a food and donation center and providing clean up crews. Call Pastor Casey at (609) 661-2231.
Shore Fellowship, 1049 Ocean Heights Road, Egg Harbor Township is making food baskets for area storm relief sites. Call 609-646-4693 or visit shorefellowship.com.
The Community Presbyterian Church in Brigantine has nonperishable food for people in need due to the storm. Monetary donations are being taken by True Spirit Coalition, a large group of businesses and organizations in Brigantine, which will distribute it to those in need. Send to TSC, Community Presbyterian Church, 1501 West Brigantine Ave., Brigantine, NJ.
OCNJ C.A.R.E. will hold an hourlong Community Prayer Service at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. in Ocean City, to lift up Ocean City residents, homeowners, families, and businesses affected by Sandy. Singers may participate in a community chorus by getting music in advance from the Tabernacle. Praise Bands and Worship Teams from many churches will combine for celebration and thanks for the outpouring of generosity and the many ways people are responding to the post-hurricane recovery effort. Call 609-399-2988 or 609-399-1915.
Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, 3000 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood, is collecting For the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, relief and recovery efforts in Cape May County. Drop off contributions of bleach/cleaners; laundry and dish detergent; work and rubber gloves; lip balm, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste; new socks and gently used coats and blankets; non-perishable food items; and baby supplies 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.
St. James A.M.E. Church at 101 N. New York Ave. in Atlantic City will serve a hot meal and distribute clothing, toiletries and supplies at the church from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The food pantry also provided turkeys for 100 families. Donations are still sought for future distributions.
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) Donation & Distribution Center will be open Monday Nov. 26 through Friday Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning Monday Dec. 3 the Distribution Center will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout December. The center is located at St. James School (6415 Atlantic Ave.) in Ventnor. Community members affected by the storm can use the Distribution Center once per week and must present valid ID with full name and address. JFS also offers an array of services including application assistance, information and referrals, counseling and mental health services. Contact Intake at 609-822-1108 for additional service eligibility.
JFS is also taking donations at St.James. Current needs include shampoo, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti sauce, and diapers (sizes 4, 5, and 6). Donations of toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, mac-n-cheese, tuna, cereal and other non-perishables are always accepted. Volunteers are needed to assist with the collection, organization and distribution. Visit www.jfsatlantic.org/community for the latest volunteer opportunity and to offer your time. For more information and volunteer opportunities, call 609-822-1109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations can be mailed to JFS at 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402 or made securely online at www.jfsatlantic.org.
The Strathmere United Relief Fund (SYRF) is collecting cash donations and gift cards to help residents affected by the storm. The trustees of the Strathmere United Methodist Church will manage the emergency financial resources in a separate SURF account. These volunteers will ensure that every tax-deductible contribution goes to hurricane relief and to no other purpose. Checks can be made out to the Strathmere United Methodist Church and sent it to Surf, Box 49, Strathmere, NJ 08248. Please designate “SURF” in the memo section of your check. You may send gift cards to the same address. Contact StrathmereSURF@yahoo.com.