Neighborhood rallies for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Churches, schools and individuals across the neighborhoods have been reaching out to those affected by last month’s wrath from Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent Nor’easter.
Episcopal churches on both sides of the river and Downtown have been raising funds for Episcopal Relief and Development, which provides assistance and recovery aid to devastated areas. A group of donors from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Ortega offered to match all gifts made to ERD by Dec. 31.
Ortega United Methodist Church, located on Roosevelt Boulevard, supported relief efforts in tangible way. With support from the community, church congregants filled a semi-trailer with supplies for victims at a United Methodist Church in Bloomfield, NJ. Residents loaded the truck with food, water, toiletries, blankets and clothes. Bloomfield UMC runs a shelter in the area and the goods helped refill their supply.
Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals launched a district-wide student collection effort last month for residents in the Northeast. Mayor Alvin Brown joined BI-LO and Winn-Dixie in support of the initiative, alongside JEA, JAXPORT, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. Nonperishable food bins were located at city buildings and at the city’s Veterans Job Fair at the Prime Osborn last month. BI-LO and Winn-Dixie donated two tractor trailers full of canned and bottled foods.
“Duval County Public Schools is proud to partner with the City of Jacksonville in this initiative to collect essential items that will aid in the recovery process for the families and individuals who have suffered loss from the inclement weather,” said Superintendent Pratt-Dannals. “I strongly encourage Duval County public schools and all employees to do their part in contributing to the fundraising efforts to help those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.”
In San Jose, Congregation Ahaveth Chesed pointed concerned residents to the Union of Reform Judaism’s Hurricane Relief Fund. The URJ’s Hurricane Relief Fund helps provide relief to congregations, families and communities in the area.

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