Candiqueen’s Still Collecting for Hurricane Relief

Sep 11, 2017
Courtesy of: Candiqueen’s

Ever since Candiqueen’s opened three years ago in Barnegat Township, the Route 9 sweet shop has had a goal of being community-minded. After Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas two weeks ago, Candiqueen’s began taking donations of cleaning products, clothing and other items to help the millions of people affected by the catastrophic storm.

“With the help of the American Legion in Barnegat, we were able to send out two truckloads,” said owner Gwyn Lucas. “The donations kept pouring in.”

She said most of the items included new undergarments, new socks, toiletries (shampoo, face wash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes), new bed pillows and blankets, cleanup supplies, black trash bags, mops and buckets, utility knives, leather work gloves, inflatable mattresses and hand sanitizers.

“We weren’t collecting anything that was used,” said Lucas. “It all had to be new. All those who donated received a 20 percent discount towards any purchase.

“We had people from Barnegat, Waretown, Manahawkin, Lacey and others help us,” she said.

Lucas said the donations originally were part of a Fill-a-Truck-for-Texas drive initiated by Typhoon Media Publishing in Point Pleasant. But logistical problems resulted in her turning to another organization.

“I reached out to the American Legion, and they were very glad to help,” said Lucas.

She said the store will continue to accept donations.

“We’re just going to call it hurricane relief,” said Lucas. “It’s possible some donations could go to people affected by Hurricane Irma.”

Candiqueen’s is open 1 to 8 p.m. (until 9 Friday and Saturday). For more information, call 609-488-2661. E.E.

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