As you all probably know, the East Coast has been pounded by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week.  Specifically the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.  And as most you may not know, I was born and raised in New Jersey and lived most of my adult life in New York.  Both states are extremely near and dear to me, especially the New Jersey Shore.  NOT the Shore that is depicted on that god-awful television show, although, I have been known to dance to techno and wear some questionable clothing.

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As the news unfolded, and the photos of the shore came about – my eyes filled with tears.  All I could think about were the memories I created as a child every summer, as my grandparents house at Bradley Beach.  The friends I had met when I was 12 playing..some that I still have now.  I wondered if they were OK, if their families were safe.  Landmarks, favorite pizza spots, ice cream parlors, skate shops, boardwalks, amusement parks and not to mention – Homes.  Places where people grew up and lived.  NOT just vacation or seasonal homes, Im talking year round homes, like my grandparents home (which they no longer live in, thankfully).  Not everyone on the Jersey shore only lived there from June to August, lets remember that.  And lastly, something that hits home the most – the small businesses.  New Jersey is made up of a LOT of these.  When the storm first started steering towards the state, I first though, OH NO!  School of Vintage is on LBI! – I couldnt imagine everything I put my heart into being washed away.

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So, as I sit here with tears in my eyes – Im going to ask you my local customers for some help.  For the entire month of November, if you come in and shop with me – PLEASE! – bring a small bag of donations that will be sent off to New Jersey?  Im going to offer everyone a 15% off discount for every donation they bring (not every piece/bag).  For now, Im going to be sending the donations via FedEx or UPS since USPS is not running in most areas of New Jersey.

A list of things that I am going to be asking for:

Toiletries – (shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, shaving cream, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, etc)

Baby Needs –  Diapers (all sizes) baby wipes, pacifiers, bottles, gently used clothing.

Kids Needs – Small used/clean toys, gently used clothing and shoes, coats.

Adult Needs – Gently used clothing and shoes, coats.

General – Blankets and small books.

Remember, these things have to fit into boxes and we are also trying to keep the weight down, so the lighter the better.  I am not going to be accepting food right now because canned items just weigh too much and until I can get a better rate on shipping I just cant do it.  All donations will be drop shipped to a childhood friend who is receiving packages, she lives around the corner from the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River New Jersey, one of the areas hardest hit.

Its breaking my heart to watch the state that made me the girl I am, suffer so greatly.  So please help me, help them.  Thank you!

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