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Rebuilding in New Jersey & How You Can Help

11/05/12

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and our program, JBJ Soul Kitchen, would like to thank everyone for their ongoing outreach, concern, and support. We appreciate the many messages we have received regarding the well-being and operational status of Soul Kitchen. We also appreciate the outpouring of support from those wanting to donate to help make a difference.

Our Board Chairman, Jon Bon Jovi, performed on a telethon on NBC on Friday, November 2nd to help raise money for the Red Cross that will assist with emergency relief efforts. Once the relief efforts turn to recovery, the Soul Foundation will be helping where we can with those who have lost their homes.

We are currently still assessing what opportunities exist for us to help rebuild in New Jersey. While it is early in the process, we know that many of us have seen the widespread devastation that have left many throughout the region without homes. We plan on helping where we can and will need your support to help make a difference…one SOUL at a time.

If you would like to donate to the JBJ Soul Foundation for rebuilding efforts, please click HERE

Below are immediate needs from some of our Community Partners in New Jersey. If you are able to donate items on their lists, please reach out to them directly so that they will receive your much needed donation faster:

Covenant House
If you would like to make a donation of:
– Water or non-perishable food items
– New socks, gloves, winter hats and winter coats
– Gas Gift Cards
– Visa Gift Cards for items needed that are not donated
– Home Depot/Lowes Gift Cards

Please mail or drop off your donations to:
Covenant House
330 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-2630

Or visit HERE

JBJ Soul Homes – Newark, NJ
If you would like to make a donation of:
– Non-perishable nutritious foods
– Water
– Medium size recyclable shopping bags or Boxes
– LED portable lights

Please mail or drop off your donations to:
JBJ Soul Homes – Newark
68 Mt Pleasant Ave
Newark, NJ 07104

Or visit HERE

Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center
If you would like to make a donation of:
– Non-perishable foods
– Jackets/Coats for adults & children
– Clothing
– Blankets

Drop off for donations:
6 Herbert Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701

732-747-9000

For mailing donations, please mail to the main office:
Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center
913 Sewall Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Or visit HERE

United Way of Monmouth County
If you would like to make a donation of:
– “Cleaning kits” – a pail or bucket with bleach, gloves, sponges, paper towels and household cleaner with bleach
– Outdoor cleaning items such as heavy gloves, contractor bags, rakes, push brooms
– Baby diapers – all sizes – and baby wipes
– “Pop top” canned food, meals-in-a-can (beef stew, ravioli, beef-a-roni, etc)
– Paper towels
– Toilet paper
– Bottled Water

Please mail or drop off your donations to:
United Way of Monmouth County
Thompson Park
805 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition (NJAHC)

As you know, communities across New Jersey were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Emergency food providers throughout the state are responding to the disaster and need your help.

Please visit the NJAHC website at www.njahc.org and click on How to Help to find a food pantry or soup kitchen nearest you and contact them directly to donate food and/or funds.

Thank you for helping our neighbors in need during this difficult time.

Message from Jon Bon Jovi:
IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 11TH, THE WORLD WATCHED IN DISBELIEF AND TOOK NEW YORK CITY AND AMERICA INTO THEIR HEARTS
WE FELT THE WORLD WRAP IT’S ARMS AROUND US, FORGETTING ALL OUR DIFFERENCES, AS WE CAME TOGETHER AS ONE.
ONE WITH THE GRIEF & THE SADNESS. ONE WITH THE CONFUSION & UNCERTAINTY.
ONE AS WE REBUILT NOT ONLY THE BUILDINGS BUT ALSO OUR LIVES AND OUR DREAMS.

ONCE AGAIN, THE EYES OF THE WORLD ARE UPON US AS WE WAKE UP TO THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE SANDY.
AND ONCE AGAIN WE WILL HAVE HURDLES TO CLEAR AND CHALLENGES WE WILL HAVE TO FACE.

WHEN PATIENCE IS LOST… WHEN IT SEEMS HELPLESS… WHEN YOU’RE IN NEED AND YOU FEEL AS IF YOU’RE ALONE… KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
WE’RE ALL IN THIS. TOGETHER.

WE CAN AND WE WILL REBUILD.
WE HAVE PROVEN, TIME AND AGAIN, THAT IT IS THE SPIRIT OF OUR PEOPLE THAT DEFINES US.
RESILIENCE IS OUR MIDDLE NAME. EVEN MOTHER NATURE IS NO MATCH FOR THAT.

IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD IF YOU ARE ABLE, VOLUNTEER. IF YOU CAN , DONATE.
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, WILL MAKE AN IMPACT.

THE DAYS AHEAD ARE GOING TO BE DIFFICULT. BUT THERE IS NO CHALLENGE THAT WE CAN’T MEET TOGETHER.
THIS IS WHO WE ARE… AND THIS IS WHAT WE DO AS NEW YORKERS, AS NEW JERSEY-ANS… AND AS AMERICANS.

WE HELP OTHERS WHO ARE IN NEED.

WE MAY NOT HAVE ELECTRICITY BUT WE HAVE POWER…

-Jon Bon Jovi

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