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Hurricane Sandy

New Resources from GSUSA:

Disaster Response for Girls
Disaster Response for Adults


This has been a trying time for many of us across New Jersey and our neighboring states. We are grateful and overwhelmed by all of the offers to assist those families in need. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost family members due to the storm.

We have been flooded with calls, emails and Facebook posts offering assistance. Please let us know via email or Facebook, what the status is of your community and what is needed. Check below for opportunities to assist your neighbors in need.



    New York Cares Coat Drive
    Northern New Jersey/New York City Area
    12/1/2012 12:00 AM to 12/31/2012 12:00 AM

    The Girl Scout Movement can support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts NOW through participation in the New York Cares Coat Drive! Visit the New York Cares-Coat Drive 2012 web page and register your collection efforts. By registering, you will gain access to a number of digital resources such as packing labels, receipts, and promotional posters. To start, click on the 'Collecting Coats' option listing under the 'You Can Help By' menu. 
You must then create an account providing your basic contact information. 
After your account is created, check your email at the address that you provided, and follow the direction to continue the registration process. You will be directed back to the 'You Can Help By' menu, and again select 'Collecting Coats'. 
You will then be directed to the registration page, on which you will need to provide your 'Organization'. 
 PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT WHEN IDENTIFYING YOUR ORGANIZATION: ABBREVIATED GS COUNCIL FIRST INITIAL LAST NAME. For example, GSCOMMeyers; GSSanDiegoBJones Be sure to check the box at the very bottom confirming the registration of your collection efforts, after which you will receive a second email providing you the link to the available electronic resources. Commence a winter coat drive in your community. You are welcome to include encouraging notes attached to the zippers or within the pockets of each coat. Ship your collection to the New York Cares warehouse by December 31st, 2012 at 157 West 31st St., New York, NY 10001. The warehouse is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, for receipt of incoming packages. If you need to contact the warehouse directly, please call 646-801-4022. Be sure to indicate in your mailing the name under which you registered your collection efforts.
    Visit the New York Cares Web site now to get started!
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
    Local American Red Cross Chapters
    1/19/2013 12:00 AM to 1/21/2013 12:00 AM

    The American Red Cross is inviting local Girl Scouts to contact their Red Cross chapters and develop fire-safety preparedness and other readiness plans, and to educate their communities on these initiatives. Home fires are America’s biggest disaster threat. Most of the nearly 70,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to each year are house and apartment fires. In an effort to reduce fires and reach more people with information about how they can prevent fires, the Red Cross has asked the Girl Scouts for their help. The Red Cross has created the attached activity guides to engage youth in community service projects with a focus on fire safety canvassing and building preparedness kits for those in need. The guides are based on the five-year success of fire safety canvassing led by the Red Cross and its partner, HOPE worldwide, on the MLK Day of Service. (The Fire Canvassing guide and Prepare and Share Kit Drive guide are attached above) The Girl Scouts are a natural fit to support these preparedness activities. In 2012, Girl Scout troops in Oshkosh, WI partnered with the Red Cross and other service organizations on the MLK Day of Service; they’ve now signed on to do fire safety canvassing in 2013. These activities can also support Girl Scouts earning their “Girl Scout Way” badge, since they will be “leaving a place better than they found it” by educating others and/or creating kits. (The activities can help Daisies earn their Rosie Petal.) How can you participate? Contact your local Red Cross by visiting and entering your zip code. Find out how you can support the Red Cross especially if they are planning a project for the 2013 MLK Day of Service.
    Visit to locate your local chapter!
    Give to Girl Scout Hurricane Relief - GSUSA
    11/6/2012 12:00 AM to

    Eight Girl Scout councils bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, four councils in New Jersey and four in New York. We encourage you to give to Girl Scouting for recovery in these eight councils. Contributions may be directed to a specific council or councils through their online giving sites. GSUSA has also established a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to help address the needs of councils affected by the storm, and these funds will be directed to those councils once they have assessed their needs.
    Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief for Girl Scout Councils
    PJ's and Pals - Ringwood
    134 Cupsaw Drive, Ringwood, NJ
    11/14/2012 12:00 AM to 12/24/2012 8:00 PM

    Ringwood Girl Scout Junior Troop 1036 is hosting a PJs & Pals drive for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the hardest hit areas of New Jersey including, but not limited to: Little Ferry, Moonachie, Mantoloking, Lavallete, Point Pleasant and Bay Head. The severity of the storm brought damage and destruction to many local communities, and many families have literally lost everything. Many kids have lost their sense of safety and security. They don’t have pajamas and a buddy (stuffed animal or blankie) to go to sleep with and help them feel safe. Bringing back any little piece of that to them is our goal! We are collecting new or gently used pajamas (any size, child through adult) and new or gently used stuffed animals or “blankies” to sleep with. We are also collecting NEW socks, underwear and under shirts (all sizes, child through adult). Donations can be dropped off any time from now until Monday, November 26, 2012 at 134 Cupsaw Drive, Ringwood, NJ (please put everything in a large plastic bag, tied up and leave on patio near front door). Cards and/or notes will also be accepted! For questions or comments, please contact: Christel Jones at This is an ONGOING event! The first collection deadline is 11/26, with subsequent collections every other Monday.
    View the flyer!
    Help Moonachie Rebuild
    43 Cupsaw Avenue, Ringwood, NJ
    11/9/2012 12:00 AM to

    Help families in Moonachie as they begin to rebuild and move forward! To help the school, school supplies are accepted: Book bags, Lunch bags, Pencils, Pencil Boxes, Binders, Paper, Reading Books, Pens, Highlighters, Rulers, Calculators, Markers, Colored Pencils, Notebooks, Crayons, Scissors, Tape, Sharpies, Post-its, Folders, Avery Labels, Elmer’s Glue, Glue Sticks, Paper Clips, Staplers, etc. In the NJ town of Moonachie, few houses escaped Hurricane Sandy's destruction. Moonachie lost it's Fire Department, Police Department, Civic Center, and School, as they all found themselves in over four feet of water when the river surged. Ringwood Troop 4117 is trying to fill 100 backpacks for Moonachie students! Help them by collecting supplies!
    See the flyer for details on how to help!
    CFA Mobile Storm Relief Program
    Center for Food Action in Englewood, Saddle Brook & Mahwah
    11/7/2012 9:00 AM to 11/29/2012 4:30 PM

    Collect high protein nonperishable food items: Canned tuna, meats, peanut butter, hearty soups, mac & cheese, canned beans, rice, pasta, shelfable milk, personal care products, paper products and cleaning supplies. Please see our website for more donation options. Volunteers needed to prepare emergency food packages at CFA Englewood and CFA Saddle Brook. These packages will be distributed by CFA Mobile Storm Relief. Volunteers needed to distribute emergency food packages to those hit hard in Little Ferry, Moonachie and Wood-Ridge. We are working to secure a staging site. Information will be forthcoming.
    Visit the CFA Web site for more information
    Interfaith Food Pantry
    Interfaith Food Pantry, 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains
    11/5/2012 9:00 AM to

    If you or someone you know needs food, or even just a warm place to stay for a few hours and charge your cell phones, please feel free to come in to the Interfaith Food Pantry anytime Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm. We even have wireless internet so we'll be happy to find you a corner so you can connect with the world. If you would like to donate food supplies, our most needed items include powdered or shelf stable milk (Parmalat), hearty or low-salt soups, peanut butter & jelly, canned fish, canned meats & meals (chicken, ravioli), canned fruit, and cereal. Financial contributions: We can purchase food at a reduced price through a co-op program. If you like you can donate online by clicking here, or make a check payable to the Interfaith Food Pantry. At the moment we are in good shape for volunteers but if your would like to send us your name and contact info we will get in touch if we need more help.
    Visit Interfaith Food Pantry Website
    Collection in Little Ferry
    St. Margaret's of Cortona Church, Little Ferry
    11/6/2012 12:00 AM to

    St. Margaret's of Cortona Church in Little Ferry is collecting food and cleaning supplies. Volunteers are also needed at the church.
    Address and Contact Information
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