APP Article – Helping the homeless: Caravan from Jackson delivers goods in one-day statewide s

The non-profit MTN Organization handed out 500 care packages and bag lunches. Stops included Neptune’s homeless encampment and Asbury Park’s train station.

Jerry CarinoAsbury Park Press

NEPTUNE — The temperature hovered around 20 degrees when Reggie Anderson and a handful of cohorts parked behind the ShopRite on Asbury Avenue. They unloaded a small truckload of goods — high-quality sleeping bags, blankets, hats, scarves and toiletries.

A few moments later two men emerged from the adjacent woods. They represented a homeless encampment of a dozen or so people who live in tents amid the trees. They knew Anderson was coming, and they were happy to see him.

So were other folks around the state Saturday, as Anderson and fellow members of MTN Organization, a Jackson-based nonprofit, made their annual “Friends Feed the Homeless” caravan to help the less fortunate.

This was their most expansive one yet, hitting the train stations at Asbury Park, New Brunswick and Newark (Penn Station), plus homeless encampments in Neptune and Howell. They handed out a total of 507 care packages, plus roughly the same amount of bag lunches, as well as 175 winter coats.

“We get such a positive response,” said Yvette Anderson, who co-runs the charity along with Reggie Anderson, her husband. “What we hear the most is, ‘Thanks for not forgetting about us.'”

New this year, a handful of registered nurses offered basic health screenings at the train stations.

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