Donations to Somerville encouraged
Anyone who wants to donate to the people of Somerville, N.J., should bring items to any town fire station within the next two weeks, Mayor Bill Collins said Wednesday.
Somerville sent two tractor-trailer loads of materials and $13,000 to Summerville in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo hit.
Now that Somerville has been hit by Hurricane Sandy, Summerville has a chance to reciprocate, Collins said.
He said he traded voice mails with Somerville’s mayor Wednesday and learned the borough, which is more inland, mostly suffered wind damage rather than water damage. Initially 90 percent of residents lost power, he said. While most have had power restored, the borough could still use help, Collins said.
He suggested bottled water, flashlights, batteries, blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, non-perishable foods, hygiene products, new clothing, charcoal, generators and other comfort items.
Anyone who wants to give money should write a check to “Town of Summerville” and write “Superstorm Sandy” in the memo line.