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Prom Dresses Sought For Sandy Devastated Teens

Mendham Township resident collecting donations to deliver to Jersey shore teens who lost it all during Hurricane Sandy.

Mendham Township resident, and Mendham-Chester Patch nominee for Person of the Year, Noreen Staples is again seeking for donations to assist the shore communities ravaged by hurricane Sandy.

In early November of last year, Staples organized a drive for the residents of Port Monmouth, Keansburg and Union Beach. Now, Staples is asking for more donations for the Exit 117 area in order to make the prom season a little brighter for the recovering shore community residents.

"We are collecting prom dresses, shoes, jewelry and clutches to help enable girls touched by devastation to have the opportunity to attend their prom," Staples said. "It has been my observation that the teens have been somewhat overlooked during this crucial time. They are old enough to understand the consequences of the devastation and are admirably 'sucking it up'. Lets help provide them with some fun."

According to Staples, this is an opportunity for residents to clean out their closets while making a difference in someone's life.

"Help their parents with relief so that they can let their child attend instead of forgoing it due to day by day priorities," Staples said.

The first collection cycle runs through Feb. 26 and the second runs through March 13. Donations can be brought to the Brookside Post Office or to 10 Woodland Road in Brookside.

Noreen Staples February 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Thank you!!!
Melissa February 22, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Once again, another reason Noreen should have won Person of the Year!!! When everyone else has STOPPED helping those affected by the storm, Noreen is STILL giving to those who need help!!! She continues on a daily basis to collect items for those in need (not just Prom dresses either) A true hero and one of the most giving people I know!!! Bless you!!!
Mike February 22, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Theres alot of people doing stuff in town for the less fortuate,people never stop giving, get off that idea shes the only one doing anything,what are you crazy?
Lynn Kimmerle February 22, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Mike, that's kind of mean spirited, don't you think? If you want to thank other people working on donations for the Jersey Shore, do it and submit their names to The Patch. But let's give credit where credit is due please. Noreen has been working tirelessly making requests, taking donations, sorting donations and distributing everything....not a small task. Kudos to Noreen Staples and also to Buzzy Thomas for the Mendham Patch Person of the year award!
Suzanne February 22, 2013 at 06:19 PM
What a wonderful idea! I'm going to go through my closet this weekend and donate. Thanks to Noreen for pulling this together.
Noreen Staples February 27, 2013 at 12:59 AM
600 dresses so far....from all over! Thank you!!!! First "free" shopping this Friday in Union Beach. You are awesome!
Russ Crespolini (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Great job, Noreen! So happy to hear it!
Noreen Staples February 28, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Russ it is a group effort by many people, but thanks anyway. You are kind
Noreen Staples March 02, 2013 at 11:03 PM
On 3/1/13.........93 dresses/shoes/accessories were given to girls for their prom in Union Beach! Another give away on the 22nd and then hoping to take the show on the road! Keep the dresses coming, YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you

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