Sea Bright Gets Aid From PA Fire Co.

Carbon County Helps Sea Bright delivered a tractor trailer of supplies to Oceanport's firehouse on Saturday night.

It began as a charitable whim on Facebook with one Pennsylvania fire fighter, and ended with a small army of volunteers and a tractor trailer of supplies for Sea Bright in Oceanport on Saturday night.

Carbon County Helps Sea Bright is the brain child of Kevin Stebar and Kira Michalik, a couple from Summit Hill, Pa.

"I can no longer sit here and watch all this devastation in NJ!!" Kevin told his Facebook friends last week. "I became good friends with the Fire Chief in Sea Bright, Chad [Murphy], when they bought their KME fire truck earlier this year and they have lost EVERYTHING in their Borough including their fire station. This was one of the hardest hit areas of NJ. This level of destruction is absolutely gut wrenching for me to watch and I can tell his emotions through texts and FB posts."

Stebar and Michalik made the decision to load up Stebar's Jeep on Nov. 10 and drive supplies down to the battered borough. Stebar put out a request to his Facebook friends, asking anyone interested to kick something in.

The response was more than he and his fiance bargained for. Before they knew it they had 200 volunteers and enough supplies to fill a 53 foot tractor trailer and a U-Haul, besides his Jeep.

"We can't thank you enough," Steber told his friends, who made the 140-mile trek out to Oceanport to unload the truck at Port au Peck Chemical Hose. National Guardsmen and Oceanport firefighters were on hand to help unload the supplies, everything from clothing to stoves, which will be distributed to residents of Sea Bright and surrounding towns.

"People ask me, 'Why do you volunteer?'" said Oceanport First Assistant Fire Chief Ken Carroll. "This is why we do it, to help other people. It's amazing."

Cristine November 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Stephanie Pelletier November 11, 2012 at 02:02 PM
This is amazing! My husband and I had the same experience. We don't have quite as much but we have a ton of stuff and are headed down today! He is a lieutenant of the Salem Fire Department and I used to live down there and have been restless trying to figure out how to help. We already helped fill 3 uhauls that went down to a Long Beach Firehouse but I saw Sea Bright and my heart broke. We were going to fill his truck but his Chief offered the departments Trailor after getting approval from the mayor. I posted on Facebook for the last 2 days and donations are still coming in. We are leaving this afternoon. How late can we deliver? We were going to stay at a friends and do it tomorrow but I would rather get it to you all tonight and not risk anyone stealing anything God forbid! Can you tell me where to go with this? We will be driving a Salem Fire Department Trailor full!


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