Recovery from super-storm Sandy continues moving forward, but for those who weren’t spared her savage cruelty, there’s still a long way to go before things even begin to resemble “back to normal.” With that in mind, there are some fund-raising and donation efforts being organized around town, including some that involve chefs and restaurants. Right below, you'll find a list of benefits and donation drop-offs, arranged by date so that you can plan your calendar accordingly. We will continue to update this list as we hear about more benefits and events. As always, if there's an event you know about, by all means let people know in the comments section below.
Friday, November 2
Blind Pig is accepting donations for shelters in Toms River and Seaside Heights. Tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night they will be collecting blankets, towels, sheets, winter clothes, formula and baby items, toys, books, pet items, toiletries, batteries, any non perishable food items for direct delivery on Sunday.
Saturday, November 3
World Cafe Live! is accepting donations tomorrow of food, water, clothes, blankets, shoes, and whatever else until 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 7
Pub & Kitchen is bringing its seasonal, Jersey Shore-based alter ego Diving Horse in for the evening. Menu details are still up in the air, but they're promising that all proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
Sunday, November 11
Tattooed Mom hosts Hurricane Relief Benefit For The Jersey Shore, which will have raffles, silent auctions, regular, direct donation oportunities, and more. Additional fund-raising efforts are still being worked out. Tattoed Mom’s will donate 30 percent of sales to the Red Cross, and will be pouring half-priced drafts from 5 to 7 p.m.