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Dear Girl Scout Family,

Damage from Hurricane Sandy at Camp Sacajawea
Damage at Camp Sacajawea
Thank you to everyone who reached out over the past week asking how they can help Girl Scouts along the Jersey Shore. We’re still trying to answer that question as well. Some areas appear back to normal, but each of us is only minutes away from evidence of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction. Thousands still don’t have electricity. The most unfortunate have lost their homes. For those storm victims, normal is far away. Many will remain homeless, not for days or weeks, but for months. In some communities, residents have already been told they probably won’t be able to begin the rebuilding process for six months or more.

As for our council, both the Ocean Service Center in Toms River and the Monmouth Service Center in Farmingdale have electricity, heat, phone and Internet services. If you are a member of the community and need a place to warm up or charge your electronic equipment, you are welcome here. Also, all buildings and most structures at Sacajawea Day Camp in Farmingdale and Amity Acres Day Camp in Waretown, survived with minimal damage. However, due to extensive damage from fallen trees all activities at Camp Amity Acres, Camp Sacajawea and the Program Activity Center, Farmingdale, have been suspended until further notice.

What You Can Do

Many people have contacted us asking what assistance they can provide. At this point, we still don’t know. Many girls and their families lost their homes. We’ve heard of at least one town where every member of a single troop is now homeless. These girls need the support of their Girl Scout family, but right now what they need goes far beyond what we can provide. If you want to adopt a Girl Scout or a troop to help a sister-in-need, please send your contact information to info@girlscoutsjs.org. Once disaster relief efforts transition to something more stable and long term, we will be in touch with you.

Finally, Girl Scouts take care of their own. Our council is already working to identify ways to provide the Girl Scout experience to those who have lost so much in our community. We also need to repair damage to our camps and facilities. To assist our council and others affected by Hurricane Sandy, GSUSA lifted its

A message from GSUSA CEO
Anna Maria Chavez
fundraising restriction, allowing girls to raise money to assist our council's recovery efforts. If you would like to make a donation, please click here. Every dollar you donate will make a difference as we work to provide Girl Scouting to those looking for normalcy in their lives.

We’ve also compiled this list of other community organizations that are collecting and distributing donations as well. If you need assistance or are able to provide assistance, these are also worthy of your consideration.

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is a strong organization and we will rebuild. Today is difficult, but we know tomorrow will be a new and better day for our girls. Stay strong. Be well. Together we will discover we are stronger than the mightiest storm.