A woman reacts as she sees her destroyed home Sept. 12 in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Islamorada Key in the Florida Keys. CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters

A woman reacts as she sees her destroyed home Sept. 12 in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Islamorada Key in the Florida Keys. CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton announced it will coordinate a collection of cleaning supplies and personal hygiene kits to be delivered to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

Individuals interested in participating can bring these items to one of four drop-off sites. All items must be in plastic bags and can be dropped off on or before Wednesday, Oct. 11.

“We are grateful for the support and partnership of our national organization, Catholic Charities USA, in providing the transportation of these donated items to locations in Texas,” said Executive Director Marlene Laó-Collins.

Examples of cleaning supplies are liquid laundry and dish soaps, sponges, trash bags, cleaning wipes, dishwashing and work gloves, and dust masks.

Examples of personal hygiene supplies are hand towels, toothbrushes, adhesive bandages, bath soap, combs and nail clippers. 

Donation Drop-Off Locations

Monmouth Counseling Center of Catholic Charities:
145 Maple Ave.
Red Bank NJ 07701
Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday 
Staff contact: Yolanda Aldarelli

Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities:
88 Schoolhouse Road
Whiting NJ 08759
Times: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday 
Staff contact: Jennifer Byrne

Delaware House Behavioral Health Services of Catholic Charities:
25 Ikea Drive
Westampton, NJ 08060
Times: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday 
Staff contact: Ruth Mullenax

Central Administrative Services (CAS):
383 W. State St.
Trenton NJ 08607-1423
Times: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday 
Staff contacts: Rosa Mercado and Krysta Ortiz

Catholic Charities Trenton continues to direct those who wish to respond to the needs of survivors of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to donate online to the national organization, Catholic Charities USA at catholiccharitiesusa.org

Catholic Charities USA is coordinating relief response and providing regular updates through their disaster operations staff.

“As we learn more about the needs of those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and Florida, we will share updates on relief efforts,” Laó-Collins said.

Another donation drive is being coordinated with the emergency committee at St. Clement Church, Matawan, to collect and store cleaning supplies and hygiene kits in their gym. These items may be dropped off at St. Clement at 172 Freneau Ave., Matawan, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sept. 23 and Sept. 30.

Catholic Charities Trenton has also partnered with St. Vincent DePaul USA and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management. That office has already collected nearly 1,000 clean-up kits to be delivered to St. Clements on or before Oct. 12. 

Additionally, Catholic Charities is working with the Disaster and Terrorism Branch, New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, as a participant in the Crisis Counseling Program. The agency maintains a directory of current and former employees who are certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselors who can be called into volunteer service for disaster related needs in New Jersey and nationally.