The Earle Companies Provides Holiday Relief to Displaced Local Family
Displaced by Super Storm Sandy, Local Family Still Able to Celebrate Christmas
After Sandy hit our shores in late October and left many friends and neighbors with nothing, The Earle Companies knew it wanted to find a local family displaced by the storm to directly assist.
Through an internal email message, the company identified the Peat family from Brick, who was in need of assistance. The family of four with two sons, ages six and nine, had lost almost everything to Sandy and while the entire world around them was uncertain, one thing was clear: there would be not be a traditional Christmas. Survival was the top priority. Decorations and gifts were a luxury for which there was simply no room.
The Peats lived in the Baywood section of Brick, NJ. Their house was close to the bay and when Sandy’s storm surge hit the family’s home, the lower level was completely destroyed. In the wake of that devastation, the upper level of the home became contaminated and uninhabitable. The family was fortunate to be able to find a rental somewhat close in Toms River in December.
With the Peats selected as one of many local families in need of assistance, The Earle Companies held their annual holiday party at Southgate Manor on December 8th. A “giving tree” was setup and the wish lists for the family were hung as tags on the tree. All the gift tags were snapped up by Earle employees and every item on those wish lists were bought as gifts for the family, items ranging from gifts for the children to household essentials needed to rebuild their home.
All the Christmas presents poured into The Earle Companies Corporate Office in Wall, NJ and a few days before Christmas, Mr. Peat came to pick them up and deliver them home to his family. It was a warm, wonderful moment for the Peats and The Earle Companies.
“We knew immediately following Sandy that we wanted to help a local displaced family,” said Michael Earle. “The Peats are a wonderful, gracious family and our company was happy to be able to assist them,” Earle added.
After the holidays season, the Peats sent a wonderful thank-you card to The Earle Companies that included a photos of the two young boys enjoying the gifts purchased and donated by the company’s employees.
“To see our employees come together and assist a family in this way following Sandy was inspirational not only to our management team, but to everyone that was part of this very special effort,” concluded Walter R. Earle II.