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Disaster relief continues in South Jersey

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It's been more than two weeks since Sandy blew threw South Jersey, while many have gotten their lives back together, some are still struggling.

"We got a little flooding. We lost electric, gas, but overall we're still here so it's fine," Mayda Hernandez said.

Mayda Hernandez is just one of the hundreds who lined up Thursday morning for the basic necessities.

She, like thousands of others in our area missed days of work and was grateful to Catholic Charities.

"I lost a lot of food with electricity so just to be here and do everything like this is a great experience for the community to come together as one to help everybody out," Hernandez added.

Each distribution site is different. In Northfield you can get blankets, baby items and meals ready to eat. These centers will remain open as long as there is a need.

"Over the past, I'd say week and half two weeks that we've been open this site has assisted 2000 families. Our wildwood site approximately 1000 families," Brandon Gery of Catholic Charities said.

Officials with the charity say the majority of those families have had a great need for their services, but they add its now becoming apparent some are starting to take advantage of their relief efforts who were not affected by sandy.

"Its not a screening were not here to judge. If they know and need the help, it's setup to help the victims of sandy, but we hope anyone who comes that they are doing the right thing. They are taking it to the people that need it or themselves need it," Mark Taylor of Catholic Charities said.

Organizers say in a disaster like this it would be nearly impossible to screen all those who come for food and basic needs.

If you need help the Northfield center at St. Gianna Berretta Parish is open from twelve to five until at least the end of this week and ten to three at the Wildwood center at Notre Dame De La Mer Parish.

The Catholic Charities relief assistance hotline is (856) 342-4145

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