HOW YOU CAN HELP: City Place in Edgewater has become the official collection point for donation and relief efforts for the hundreds of families burned from their homes in the Avalon fire last night.
A host of volunteers, including local students, are hard at work at the Donation & Relief Center, which opened its doors at noon today and will remain in operation on the City Place promenade next to Fleming’s Steakhouse.
Among the items they’re requesting:
• bottled water
• nonperishable foods
• personal hygiene items
• new warm clothing
• baby items
People are also being asked to donate gift cards, along with new clothes and toys, school supplies, diapers, socks, toiletries and electronic device chargers. Target and CVS are best for gift cards because they’re nearby on River Road.
The center is also accepting clean used clothing and cash, organizers told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
“Our PR team has been working overnight with local officials to coordinate relief efforts and we are planning to keep the donation and relief center open as long as our community needs us,” she said.
Volunteers are asked to stop by the Donation & Relief Center or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU CAN ALSO DONATE directly online at a borough-sponsored GoFundMe page: Borough of Edgewater Avalon Fire
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City Place also has begun to collect money from retail businesses on the property, as well as from residents in the Pennisula and Riverview, to buy clothing.
The Humane Society of Bergen County needs pet food at a shelter it opened at the nearby American Legion Hall.
N.J. Food & Clothing Rescue is collecting men’s clothes, coats, toys, pet food and pet carriers. CALL: (201) 747 8706
Leonia High School is collecting gift cards (Target, CVS, Old Navy, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond); toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, brushes/combs, bar soap, deodorant, feminine products).
Meanwhile, the Leonia Recreation Center (370 Broad Ave. 201-592-5783) has scheduled donation drop-off hours from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow and from 8 a.m .to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Gift cards encouraged.
The Leonia Police Department also is collecting donations from noon to 7 p.m.
The Maywood School District is collecting gift cards (Target, CVS, Old Navy, Walmart), along with phone chargers, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/brushes, soap and deodorant in donation boxes outside the main offices of its school. Officials ask parents who can’t deliver gift cards in person to have their children give it to their homeroom teachers. An additional donation box was placed at the municipal building on Park Avenue.
The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson are collecting school supplies, toys & games, small houseware appliances, new socks & new underwear (STILL in original packaging), toiletries, diapers, feminine hygiene products and pet food. Also: gift cards/Visa/Amex (Target, Pathmark, Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pet Valu).
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, 50 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus (Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) INFO: (201) 820-3947 or email@example.com
Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson, 1485 Teaneck Road, Teaneck (Tues/Thurs, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon/Wed, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) INFO: (201) 837-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Edgewater-based developer Fred Daibes is offering two months free rent at the Waterford Towers with a one-year lease for people affected by the fire. CONTACTS: Danny Daibes or Rania Fragoso (Daibes Enterprises) (201) 840-0050, or Susan (Waterford Towers) (201) 917-1100
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CAN YOU host an Avalon family for a few nights? If so, write to: email@example.com
• Your name
• Contact email AND phone
• Number of nights you are able to host
• Number of people you are able to host
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The Comfort Inn in Edgewater accepting donations for food and toiletries.
Town Motors in Englewood is also accepting donations: 400 South Dean St., (877) 642-4905
Katoure Consignment Boutique in Maywood is accepting clothing & bedding donations. 54A West Pleasant Ave. (201) 881-0881