Non-Stop At Wall Distribution Center

Volunteers needed to staff the center, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

They keep coming.

Thousands so far, driving their cars through a zig-zag entryway at the parking lot of the Circle Factory Outlet center, Atlantic Avenue and Route 35.

Ralph Addonizio, volunteer at the Wall Community First Aid squad, said the emergency workers and other volunteers have loaded about 3,000 cars with ice and water since 7 a.m. Friday – the first day that the regional distribution center opened in the shopping center’s lot.

Addonizio is helping organize the massive relief station – one of three in the county.

“We’ve managed to help a lot of people so far,’’ Addonizio said. “But it’s a massive undertaking.’’

There were about 60 volunteers at the distribution center early afternoon, mainly from Wall’s fire and first aid squads, but also some National Guard and civilian folks who wanted to help out.


Volunteers are needed at the distribution center, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday. Drop by the center or email Ralph Addonizio at raddonizio@wcfas.org
Donations of blankets and other items are being accepted at the center.

The supplies – five tractor-trailers so far – were donated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Jersey Central Power & Light, Addonizio said.  Supplies are taken from the trucks by a forklift donated from nearby Atlantic Farms.

The center opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. It will be open every day until the supplies are gone.

Each vehicle is allowed two bags of ice and two cases of water, loaded into the trunk by volunteers. Drivers need not even get out of the car.

Instead, someone such as Olivia Hedberg – a volunteer with Wall’s Community First Aid – will load your supplies.

Hedberg, who said she also does not have power and dwindling supplies, has been out on the line loading cars since 7 a.m.

“I can’t even tell you how many bags of ice I’ve given out,’’ she said. “Or how many cups of coffee I’ve had.’’

Addonizio said the center is collecting and distributing other necessary items like coats and blankets to be distributed when or if people ask for them.

kecia deveney November 03, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Wonderful! Thanks to all the volunteers!
Wendy Ritch November 03, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I stopped by for ice yesterday -- much appreciated! Thanks so much! Does anyone know where there are charging stations for cell phones? Now that gas is being rationed it doesn't make sense to drive around to charge a phone.
B. Conway November 03, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Verizon Wireless is providing free device charging, domestic calls, and other services to the general public, regardless of whether they are our customers, at: Verizon Wireless mobile stores currently located at**: - Staten Island, New York 2945 Veterans Road West - Sea Girt, New Jersey 1334 Laurel Avenue - Howell, New Jersey 4813 US Highway 9 Finally, the resources listed below including free device charging and free domestic calls are available to anyone, regardless of whether they are our customers. - Staten Island, New York NYPD, 489 Midland Avenue - Toms River, New Jersey High School North, 1221 Old Freehold Road - Toms River, New Jersey High School East, 1225 Raider Way
TheOffice November 03, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Facebook Status Update By Brian Froelich for Congress Everyone, My office will be open until 7:00 pm to the public as a charging station. Come in get warm and charge any electronics. We are located at: 2202 Rt. 9 South Howell, NJ 07731 Right next to Season's Fired Bistro. Below are some shelters and centers open to the public. Monmouth University 400 Cedar Bridge West Long Branch, NJ (732) 571-3400 Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center 4240 Atlantic Ave Farmingdale, NJ (732) 938-5061 Pine Belt Arena 1245 Old Freehold Rd Toms River, NJ (732) 818-8536 The Gymnasium (Open to Belmar Residents) 601 Main Street Belmar, NJ 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Walmart Duracell Charging Stations 3575 NJ 66 Neptune Township, NJ 07753 Starbucks in Lakewood is accepting donations of non-perishables. To further help in these efforts, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross, or text RECOVERY to 52000 to donate $10 to the United Way.
Lynny November 05, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I love New Jersey and its people. Stay Jersey Strong....and thank you to you all.


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