Two days ago I got a call from a local church saying they had been putting up a woman in a local hotel for a while, but now they were running out of money, and weren’t able to put her up any longer. I asked the fellow if he would give the woman my number, and to have her call me a little later in the day.

When she called next, it was about 4pm and she was about ready to start work, she told me she was working until midnight, and I told her I would meet her in the parking lot outside of her work when she got out.

I got there at midnight and watched as the employees came out of the building, after a while a woman came out, and was looking around, so I went over and introduced myself and she said, “Nice to meet you, I’m Angelina.” She had two small bags that we put in the back of the truck. She looked tired, and I could see the feeling of despair on her face. I did my best to assure her that everything would be ok, and that the people at the camp where good, friendly people, and that she would be safe. It’s a lot for a person to process especially for a woman, it’s like your whole life is on the edge of a cliff.

As we drove through the woods in the dark, down the dirt road to the camp I thought to myself, this has got to be scary for someone that has never experienced this before, so I reassured her everything was going to be OK. As we pulled into the camp I could tell everyone else was asleep. We got out, and I showed Angelina her tent. I gave her some blankets and set up her table with a portable stove, and some pots and pans. When I told her that there was a shower in the camp I could tell that made her happy. I had forgot to bring a camp light, so I went and woke up the fellow in a tent not too far away and asked if he had a light for the new girl, Angelina. He said “sure I have an extra one”.

When we were all finished getting things set up She said, “Thank you, I really appreciate your help.” I told her I’d come back and check on her real soon. She smiled and said “Good night”.

As the nights get cooler the homeless will be needing warm bedding and clothing, also we will be supplying them with propane for their heaters. I want to say a special thank you to everyone that has helped out already this year with many wonderful items that have helped the homeless tremendously.

Needs list:

• Coats
• Sweat shirts
• Warm socks
• Gloves
• Pants
• Warm shirts
• T shirts
• Pots and pans
• Small propane cylinders
• Baby wipes
• Bottled water
• Canned goods
• Tents, 6 man or bigger
• Tarps 12×16 or bigger

  • Cots

Drop off locations:

Ian MacKenzie Smith
10 Bucknell Dr.
South Toms River.
M-F 9-6 Sat 9-2
Please leave behind the van in the driveway.

Nancy Jean
72 Maxim Dr, Forked River
Please leave items in front of the garage.

Kimberly Morelli
1 Lorelei Dr.
Please leave items on porch.

Middletown Reformed Church
121 Kings Highway
Please leave items on the left side of the church in the walkway leading to the basement. If you have any questions call: 908-896-1682

Mark and Maggie
38 Buckley Rd
Please leave items on covered porch

19 Hoover Drive,
Please leave items under the carport

Faith Community Church
526 Atlantic City Blvd
Bayville, N.J.
You can call
Jim @ 732-779-7051

Or if you would like to make a financial donation for the homeless, you can make it at:

Destiny’s Bridge
P.O. Box 692
Lakewood, NJ 08701

Or, you can send a contribution via PayPal to: [email protected]

Or, Venmo @Destinys-Bridge

Thank you so much.

media and photo courtesy Steve Brigham