Last Saturday, November 23rd, the Bergen VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) hosted Family Volunteer Day, thanks to a generous grant from Disney and generationOn. The focus of the project was the clean up and restoration of yards devastated after Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas of Little Ferry and Moonachie. Many of the residents, especially seniors, have not been able to keep up with yard maintenance due to the overwhelming stress of storm recovery and home repair. In addition, the flood waters destroyed yard tools kept in sheds and garages, which were not covered by insurance or other relief programs. This was a great opportunity for families with children to help out in our recovery efforts!
More than 60 volunteers, representing 30 families participated in the fun, hardworking day. Volunteers helped local residents with fall yard work. 22 children, ages 6 – 17 were part of the group. The group donated 231 hours total.
Food and drinks for the day were provided by the Salvation Army, Dunkin Donuts of Hawthorne and Little Ferry, and Ben’s Bagel Barn of Little Ferry. Additional equipment supplies for the day were provided by City Green, the East Rutherford DPW and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.
Thanks to everyone who made this wonderful day possible. When families band together to do good, results happen!