Our Efforts Continue in Storm-Ravaged New Jersey

By: Portlight , 7:46 AM GMT on February 04, 2013

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Portlight has become the "go-to" resource for the FEMA Functional Needs Task Force - New Jersey, for filling their clients' needs for durable medical equipment. At their request, we've established a hotline, with a local area code, to expedite the processing of these requests. We anticipate having a boots-on-the-ground presence in New Jersey for quite some time to come.

Volunteer Rob Pollard delivers a scooter to Angela Bennett, who has spina bifida. Rob also built a step-up platform for Angela to make it easier for her to get into the bed a relative purchased for her.

Diane Daniels is an opera singer whose home was damaged by Sandy. Most of the contents of her home were destroyed, including her scooter, which we were able to replace. More devastating to Diane, though, was the loss of all her sheet music. We're hoping to find a way to perhaps help replace at least some of that for her, too.

Vince Sciacca was in a horrific car accident a few years ago, which put him in a coma for nine months and left him with a severe brain injury. Shortly before Superstorm Sandy struck, and after much struggle, he had finally straightened out his equipment needs. The storm came along and destroyed everything. Our project manager, Steve Major, delivered this power chair to Vince on Saturday, and we'll be working with him to replace other equipment, as well.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue helping the disability community recover and rebuild on the New Jersey shore. As always, we thank you for your continued support of our efforts!!

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