Editor's Note: The following is news release issued by the Lawrence Township Community Foundation.
The Lawrence Township Community Foundation has organized a local hurricane relief fundraising drive to support five local agencies that serve the basic needs of Lawrence residents. All five have seen a sharp increase of people in need since Hurricane Sandy.
The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Mercer Street Friends, the Rescue Mission of Trenton, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and HomeFront are all seeing a higher volume of residents seeking help since the storm hit late last month.
The Lawrence Township Community Foundation will donate $500 to each organization as part of the fundraiser.
We are challenging local businesses and residents to help. Send as little or as much as you can to the foundation and we will distribute 100 percent of your donation to the five charities. You can designate a charity from the five or your donation will be divided among the organizations.
Send your donation to the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, P.O. Box 6707, Lawrence, NJ.. 08648.
Please make checks payable to "Lawrence Township Community Foundation." For additional information, please contact Jori Fahrenfeld via email at email@example.com.
The fundraising drive will run until Dec. 31, 2012.
The five organizations help meet the basic needs of many Lawrence residents.
Crisis Ministry provides homelessness prevention services and operates food pantries and emergency utility assistance.
Mercer Street Friends supplies food to food pantries in partnership with 60 hunger relief programs and sites serving area residents.
The Rescue Mission of Trenton, which provides shelter and clothing to the homeless, lost its entire inventory in the warehouse because the roof was destroyed during the storm.
The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen serves hundreds of people hot meals every day.
HomeFront, which is headquartered in Lawrence, provides families (the working poor) with housing, groceries, job skills, childcare, and academic support.
"Lawrence Township residents have always been very helpful to their neighbors," said Lawrence Township Community Foundation Board Member Pam Mount. "In this time of extreme need, even the smallest donation with make a big difference in helping people get back on their feet."