It is hard to believe a month has already passed since Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, and still the effects of the storm remain for many.
Last weekend, Gov. Chris Christie announced the storm caused an estimated $29.4 billion in damages. While West Deptford was fortunate enough to brave Superstorm Sandy with minimal damage, the township is not taking such good fortune for granted. After Mayor Raymond Chintall initially announced intentions to set up a sort of West Deptford-based funding, canisters are now popping up around West Deptford.
Canisters are set up in various locations throughout West Deptford for donations. There is one at the Municipal Building, as well as RiverWinds Community Center and the West Deptford Public Library. Residents who wish to make a donation can drop their contribution in the canister. All donations will ultimately be handed over to the American Red Cross, so residents who are donating by check should make the check payable to the organization.
West Deptford students will also have the chance to make a difference, through coin drops during lunchtime. Coin drops are currently taking place at West Deptford High School, West Deptford Middle School and Red Bank Elementary School. Green-Fields Elementary School and Oakview Elementary School.
In addition, school staff will also participate in a “dress down” day to raise money for the American Red Cross. During the week of the coin drop, school faculty will have the opportunity to donate $5 in order to wear jeans. “Dress down” day will take place today for Red Bank Elementary, as well as the high school and middle school. Both Green-Fields and Oakview will hold their “dress down” day next Friday, Dec. 7.
Collections through the township will run till Friday, Dec. 7. Miss West Deptford 2012 Michelle Danze will turn all money raised by West Deptford over to the American Red Cross.