San Diego based company donates appliances to Highlands


Highlands was recently presented with a donation of much-needed appliances including refrigerators, microwaves, dryers, washers, ranges and water heaters courtesy of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance. The San Diego company donated 25 household appliances valued at approximately $15,000 to Helping Highlands Survivors, Inc.  which is a 501(c)(3) organization formed by families born and raised in the Highlands community of New Jersey, and is dedicated to generating funds to assist Highlands, New Jersey residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

“The hard work and assistance from groups such as Bob Small’s Helping Highlands Survivors is very much appreciated in helping my family return to our home.  We can’t thank them enough in our time of greatest need,” added Jacqui Kane whose family has lived in Highlands for generations.

Helping Highlands Survivors partners with other local associations (i.e. Hope for Highlands) to help the community recover from the storm’s impact, by making sure donations and support to reach the people who most need it quickly and efficiently.

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  1. So basically you’re out of luck if you’re family hasn’t lived here for generations. Great to see something’s haven’t changed in Highlands.

    Don’t worry….what would I possibly do right now with an appliance – there’s no electricity in my house right now!

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  2. Although this is really nice of these people to do, and as a resident of the town, I appreciate everything that organizations like this do, im sure that all of these appliances are already accounted for. its kind of like a drop of water hitting a hot skillet. It just disappears!

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    • I think it would be very very interesting, when all this is over, to see a complete accounting of everything the town received, and where it went. However, as with everything else that happens in this town, I doubt anyone will ever see that.
      You can bet that most of what the town gets will go to members of the HFD or their families and friends. Everyone knows that they are more or less a gang of thugs running the town anyway. No one can criticize as they wear their teflon armor of “volunteerism” to justify everything they do that is questionable. Oh, and from time to time, while not drinking, or partying it up in the taxpayer funded fireshouse, they occasionally put out a fire.

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  3. I got a call about the appliances and was asked if i needed any. I told them washer and dryer. Then I was asked if I was back in my house yet. I said I would be soon and when asked how long I said 4-6 weeks and they said they couldn’t help me it is only for people that are back in their homes! What a freaking joke!

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    • Gonzo – it was said that Highlands was working with Gateway Church on an appliance grant. There were two criteria 1 – you were still in need of appliances and 2 – you were living in your home. This criteria was from Gateway not Highlands.

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    • The donations from HD supply were from Helping Highlands Survivors not Gateway Church. Gateway church was another 150K that Robin Hood donated to help residents. Still no idea where initial 250K went? Funny that on Helping highlands Facebook page their is a photo of HD truck dropping off appliances Feb 11th and its April? Just FYI per Helping Highlands Survivors website says today show coming into town 4/27…hopefully they will be out talking to residents about their personal experiences regarding these truly kind donations that are being hidden behind things to keep away from survivors in need. I know I will be out looking for them. Don’t get me wrong what Mr Smalls is doing is honorable and with best intentions but how it is being handled internally not so much.

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  4. I dont get it. really I dont. So, just because you cant use it right now, but will need it in the near future, you dont qualify? So, what happens in 6 weeks when you need to do your laundry?
    Also, doesnt it stand to reason that if you are not yet back in your house, that you were hit harder than others, or didnt have the resources to get in faster, or for some reason had hardships that caused a person not to be able to return faster?
    Wait! Im sorry, I used the word “reason”!!! Nevermind………………….

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    • The need is greater than the donations. Please feel free to help garner donations or help make connections. It is easier to complain than to help highlands recover!

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    • Yes everyone garner so others can plunder. Don’t show your complete and utter frustration and disgust that donations are not being handled in the best interest of all the victims. Silly you!
      Still 250K unaccounted for?

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  5. Critiquing the way things have been handled with donations and such is not complaining. There have been several examples of questionable practices being employed. But I guess when people see this they should just sit by and be silent.

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