Even two weeks later, the heart-wrenching images continue to display the devastation from Superstorm Sandy: homes destroyed, belongings ruined, lives in turmoil as residents battered by wind, rain and show await the restoration of power, water and other basic necessities.
Nationals infielder Steve Lombardozzi Jr. and his father, former major leaguer Steve Lombardozzi Sr., are teaming with the Nationals and JK Moving Services, the club’s official mover, to support relief and recovery efforts in an area of New Jersey still dealing with the aftereffects of Sandy.
And they want - and need - your help.
Beginning today and continuing through Friday, fans can bring donations to the Nationals Clubhouse Main Team Store at Nationals Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nationals Clubhouse Team Stores at Tysons Corner and Dulles Town Center will accept donations from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. from today through Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. Those donating items at the Team Store locations will receive a 15 percent discount off their purchase of full-priced merchandise.
Donations will also be collected at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (17301 Old Vic Blvd. in Olney) in the front office and in the Kane Center Gym Lobby through Sunday. Items can be dropped in the office from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. through Friday, at the gym lobby from 3-6 p.m. through Friday and in the gym lobby from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Lombardozzis and JK Moving Services will deliver collected items in a donated 35-foot-long JK truck to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, N.J., on Nov. 20.
What’s needed? Here’s a list to get you started:
* Canned foods including soups, stews, chili, tuna, peanut butter and canned milk (pop-top preferred, but please avoid glass containers)
* Bottled water - one liter or smaller bottles for easier transport
* Powdered milk, baby formula and bottles
* Personal care items including disposable diapers, soap, wipes, toilet paper, first aid kits and feminine products
* Household items including garbage bags, Ziploc bags, paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, duct tape, matches, batteries, flashlights, disinfectant and cleaning materials
* Disposable charcoal grills and charcoal
* New blankets and sleeping bags
In addition to these efforts, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have jointly contributed $1 million to organizations helping communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. For more information, click here.