Wednesday, January 27, 2010

You are helping Caldwell Rotary make a difference in Haiti!

Water Barrels and Supplies Being Delivered by Rotary

Jean Paul Richter said, “Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good actions; try to use ordinary situations.” Because Rotary employs this philosophy as action and our club has been helping the poor in the Dominican Republic for five years, we are proud to have been first responders in the delivery of water, food, and medical supplies to devastated villages in Haiti and the Dominican. Our established shipping and distribution network, including a secure warehouse facility, modest truck, and trusted hands on the island, mean that 100% of all goods and funding donated are being used to help people who remain in dire need.

The outpouring of support for this relief effort from the community, businesses, organizations, and other Rotary Clubs has resulted in several shipments a week. Thousands of gallons of water, thousands of pounds of food, medical supplies and other necessities have been and continue to be distributed directly into the hands of the people who need them to survive.

There are many ways that you can help! Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the RCC Endowment, Box 98, Caldwell, NJ 07006. Baby food and formula are desperately needed as infants and children are not getting nourishment their bodies can digest. Dried meats, fruits, nuts, protein bars, and canned foods (such as beans) with pop-tops are urgently needed as are medical supplies – gauze, bandages, antibiotics, antibacterial ointments, etc. Toiletries, new or used summer weight clothing, sandals, shoes, and soft toys are needed. Drop off points are: Konner Chevrolet, 950 Bloomfield Ave., Terzako Furs, 472 Bloomfield Ave. and Ace Hardware, 490 Bloomfield Ave.

Finally, you can help by forwarding this blog to help spread the word and sharing your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.

Rotary of the Caldwells. We were there before. We are there now. And, we will be there after the crisis. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for being there with us!

Rotarian Christy Berg


  1. Integrated Bagging Systems, a division of the Inteplst group has donated 48,000 pairs of food service gloves for distribution in the areas affected by the earthquake. This is a very generous donation. We are currently in the process of identifying a group in Haiti that can use the gloves. Ideas? Please call me, Kevin Hersh, President of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells. 973.364.0040 x10

  2. Storage Station, located throughout NJ and into NY state, has offered to act as alternative drop points for donations of clothing, food and supplies to be sent to the earthquake victims. If you are outside the Caldwell area, please consider Storage Station locations as an alternative drop point:

    Wayne (2354 Hamburg Turnpike), 973-616-8700
    West Milford (1867 Greenwood Lake Tpke), 973-728-1950
    West Milford (11 White Road), 973-657-1940
    Toms River (25 James Street), 732-244-3838
    South Toms River (29 Flint Road), 732-349-7620
    Middletown, NY, 845-344-1522

    Thank you.
    Kevin Hersh, Rotary Club of the Caldwells

  3. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs, members and community members and corporations who have made financial contributions to this project.

    I know everyone says "we prefer financial contributions" but the cold fact is this is how we buy food in the Dominican Republic, this is how we get the clothing and supplies to the earthquake areas, this is how we buy the water barrels to ship what is needed.

    We use 100% of your funding for the effort so if you are looking for an effective volunteer group who was there before the crisis, there on Jan. 14 delivering water and food, and will be working long after others have left, please consider this project. Please make tax-deductible checks payable to: RCC Endowment, PO BOX 98, Caldwell, NJ 07006.

    Thank you.
    Kevin Hersh
    President, Rotary Club of the Caldwells