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NJ Tent City Survives 2nd Snow Storm

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Lakewood, New Jersey (My9NJ) - It looks like the second bout of the polar vortex is among us here in the Garden State and the extreme cold can be dangerous for anyone outside for long periods of time, especially those who are living in tents in Lakewood’s tent city.

The neighborhood survived the first round of frigid weather that came through New Jersey and now they are bracing for more. Minister Steve, who runs the encampment, spoke about the residents’ plan of action.

“Just making sure that everybody is warm and has their tent in good shape,” he said.

Minister Steve checks in on the community twice a day to make sure that everyone is still alive and healthy.

Other communities usually open emergency shelters inside schools or churches, but Ocean County does not offer that kind of service, in fact the closest shelter is located in Atlantic City which is more than 60 miles away. As a result, these residents are forced to stay warm by using wood burning stoves inside their tents.

This close-knit community relies on each other and each member does what they can to help the other one out. Before the storm the residents were breaking up fire wood and battening down the hatches.

Volunteers even stopped by to help bring warm clothing, blankets and food to the tented neighborhood. If you are interested in helping the people of Lakewood’s tent city, click here and visit their Facebook page to find out how.


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