|Deputy drove donated supplies to New Jersey|
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office collected donations for fellow police officers in New Jersey and their families, whose lives were impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office recently organized a disaster relief drive, entitled "Fill the Trailer," to assist families of fellow police officers in New Jersey who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
The sheriff's office set up collection sites on Nov. 17 and 18 at the Westlake Kroger and Rocky Mount Walmart.
On Nov. 19, Sgt. Brandt Gawor drove to New Jersey with a trailer full of donated supplies, including more than 250 cases of water, hundreds of blankets, clothing, cleaning supplies, over 50 boxes filled with food items, baby diapers and nearly $300 in cash.
"It was very moving to see the outpouring of support in Franklin County for law enforcement officers in need," Gawor said.
"One elderly woman came to the collection site and said, 'I just bought this coat two days ago, can you use it?' With tears in her eyes, she took the coat off her back and donated it saying, 'Someone up there needs this more than me'," Gawor said.
Gawor made contact with the Ocean County Policeman's Benevolent Association (PBA) of New Jersey. The area had been particularly hard hit by the hurricane. In Ocean County alone, over 100 police officers' homes were lost.
"The impact on these families, both emotionally and of material assets, is crushing," said Patrolman Chris Ebert of Barnegat Township in New Jersey.
That afternoon in Tom's River, New Jersey police officers helped Gawor and Rocky Mount Police Officer Ryan King unload the donations to a converted store front dedicated to providing for the affected policemen and their families.
"The delivery timing during the week of Thanksgiving made all who assisted in the project appreciate what we sometimes take for granted," Gawor said.