Former Jersey Girl Spearheads Shore Relief Drive through YouGiveGoods

Now living near Philadelphia, Ms. Snyder felt helpless to assist her childhood community. Having just brought home then five-week-old baby, Winston, she knew that travel to the battered shore was not an option.

Then Ms. Snyder found YouGiveGoods, an organization that runs on-line foods drives that provide immediate relief where it is most needed. She quickly set up a Drive called ‘Jersey Strong,’ which ran from November 1 to November 11 and raised almost $3,000 worth of food, or 1,377 lbs. of food for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

"I thought it was really an amazing way to help when I couldn’t physically get there," says Ms. Snyder. “One friend asked how she would get all the food to me and I was happy to explain that everything is delivered directly to those who need it. The YouGiveGoods site made it incredibly easy for me to spread the word and bring food into the area. Hopefully it will encourage others to set up their own Drives."

Ms. Snyder emailed friends and family about the drive and posted updates to her Facebook page. Others shared her posts and by the end of the drive, she personally knew only half of the people who ended up donating. Some participants chose to purchase a boxed assortment of food while others bought cases of foods such as cereal, peanut butter and pasta.

When her family was finally able to drive to the shore, it was shocking to see the destruction in her neighborhood. Only the weekend before the hurricane, Ms. Snyder had taken photos of her son at the Allenhurst Beach Club, photos that show sunny skies and a happy family gathering. That same beach club was missing cabanas when she returned, and a wave had crashed through the restaurant where they had eaten only seven days earlier.

"I was so glad that I had been able to do something to help," she adds. "They are still picking up the pieces there."

YouGiveGoods Provides Immediate Relief

As soon as Sandy’s destruction was evident, people across the country asked the obvious question – how can I help out? YouGiveGoods.com was ready with an answer, setting up an internet hotline, www.YouGiveGoods.com/SANDY with clear information on how people could utilize the company’s website to help out immediately.

Since then, the company has partnered with a number of charities including the Salvation Army, United Aid Foundation, and Volunteer Management Centers, all of whom are running online food drives to make it easy for people to purchase food and get it into the food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the Hurricane’s disaster zones.

Including these drives, the company reports that over 125 Sandy Relief drives have been set up on their site in the past week. Drives have been set up by schools, businesses, clubs, families, friends and individuals – from all over the country.

YouGiveGoods believes in the importance of helping others in need. Anyone who is inspired to raise goods can easily reach out to their community by starting a drive to raise goods for their cause. It is a free service to drive starters and to the charity who receives the items at the end of the drive. The community engaged in the drive with emails and social media includes anyone, anywhere across the country. The number of items raised in a community increases average donations by 60%. YouGiveGoods delivers them. It is really that simple.