Sandy: How to Help Your Fellow Chathamites

Carpools, blankets and bottled water are all ways you can donate.

As the weather gets colder in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy, many Chatham residents may wonder how they can help their neighbors.

Several township residents cooperated to establish a firewood drive at the Sutton Woods Pool House Sunday. To donate firewood or arrange for pickup, call (908) 313-8949.

With the Morris/Essex line of the New Jersey Transit suspended, many Chathamites need a ride to New York City. A hard copy list of people looking for carpools have been posted at every warming station in the Chathams, including:

  • The Chatham Borough Fire Department commons room
  • Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Chatham Emergency Squad building on Spring Street
  • The Library of the Chathams
  • The Chatham Club
  • Angie's Luncheonette
  • Arminio's Italian Corner


Additionally, residents may also call Janice Piccolo at the Chatham Borough Municipal Building to get their names added to the list. Piccolo can be reached at (973) 635-0674 ext. 200.

In the borough, local businesses gathered to establish drop-off locations for donations. Jabberwocky, Kitchen Intuitions, Bliss and the Chatham Sports Shop are all places where residents can drop off the following items to donate:

  • new blankets
  • new sleeping bags
  • canned food
  • bottled water
  • personal care items
  • First Aid supplies
  • baby caire items
  • flashlights and batteries
  • paper towels and toilet paper
  • cleaning supplies


The Red Cross needs donations, both financial and, well, bloody. According to a statement from the New Jersey chapter of the American Red Cross, Sandy caused the cancellations of several blood drives and caused the loss of as many as 11,000 blood products.

To make a financial donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit www.redcross.org or call 800-733-2767. The next blood drive in the area will be Saturday at the Millburn Free Public Library.

NY Dumpster Diver November 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Obama Says He "Will Stand With Us Every Step Of The Way" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wIlpHw6-JVg Where is he? Just another lying politician!
Anna November 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I am writing again ....Does anyone could believe that in little town Chatham Township New Jersey in a huge apartment complexes we still do not have electricity from 7 days and 7 freezing nights? It is Monday, November 5, 2012, 8:14pm....it is 7 days after hurricane Sandy.
edward smith November 06, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I live on Scenery Hill Dr. Last year it was 6 days before power was restored we have been told to expect it back Wednesday or 9 days since the storm. This seems unlikely since there is no visible repair work going on. There are rumors we may be out for up to 3 weeks. I hope it isnt true but if it is I would like to know that. Is there any official information anywhere that is reliable?
Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce November 06, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Wow, what a lot of incoherent posts. Bottomline, I would hope that people would work together in times of strife. I hope everyone gets power and can stay warm. In the big picture what is going on in areas far worse hit, makes this seem petty in comparison. Patience and generosity of spirit is what is needed now. Good luck to all....
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