Restoring Union Beach Memories

$2,466 of $2,000 goal

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Jeannette Van Houten   Cliffwood Beach,
My name is Jeannette Van Houten. I have been a resident of Union Beach, NJ for the past 42 years. On October 29, 2012 Sandy the Superstorm devastated my small town. When we woke on October 30, 2012 our lives had changed forever. Many families lost their homes and possessions. I made it my mission to give my friends and family something extremely special to each and every one, I want to return their photos that have been found. I have been cleaning, drying, scanning the photos that I have found and now moving forward to the photos that others turned in. I would like to do 3 things - 1 purchase battery operated scanners so I can have multiple people scanning photos at the same time, purchase external storage to back up the scans so professional restorers can work on the damaged photos and the third is purchase gift cards to so families can reprint some of the precious photos.


Please feel free to contact me if you need further information. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. 
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Update 6
44 months ago
Thank you everyone that helped Union Beach Memories with our project. We have rescued more than 20,000 photos. We have reunited more than 1000 photos. We have scanned and cleaned 10,000. May you all have a wonderful hopeful New Year!
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Update 5
45 months ago
Thank you everyone that contributed to Restoring Union Beach Memories. We have reached the initial goal. I feel very blessed that people believe in this project as much as I do. Some photos are just scattered around Union Beach and others are covered by sand and other debris. I am always thankful when I can recover yet another memory. Bless you all!
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Update 4
45 months ago
I cannot begin to express the gratitude that I have for the individuals and companies that have contributed to Restoring Union Beach Memories. On Oct 30, 2012 when I picked up that first photo and Allie picked up a photo I could never image that we would have over 5000 photos to return to families. We continue to find photos daily. Finding the families is difficult when they are scattered all over the state. The Facebook page is helping but we really need to reach out to our neighbors and friends to spread the word. Please help us find the pictures their home.
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Update 3
45 months ago
Thank you for your kindness. We have raised $761. for our Restoring Union Beach Memories. Thank you to my QIAT family for contributing to the project. Please remember if I don't reach the goal of $2000, the monies raised will not be paid out. I need to reach $2000 for your donations to actually happen. I have faith that this will happen. So blessed people believe in this project.
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$2,466 of $2,000 goal

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Created November 23, 2012
Jeannette Van Houten     Sandy   Cliffwood Beach,
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$50
Barbara Case
43 months ago

You are restoring treasures beyond the value of goods and services. You may have reached your goal, but maybe you could use some more batteries. Good luck and God bless.

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MP
$100
Madalaine Pugliese
45 months ago

An honor to support such an amazing and inspiring project. Congratulations Jeannette for creating such a meaningful way to move forward and bring others with you. Way to go!

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DC
$100
Diana Carl
45 months ago

Jeannette, What a wonderful way to support everyone around you even when you have lost so much yourself. Having gone through the aftermath of Hurrican Ike here in the Houston-Galveston area, I can only begin to understand the devastation you all are facing. Best wishes to you, Diana

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ME
$10
Mim Eisenberg
45 months ago

Keep up your wonderful and important work.

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$10
Valerie Maples
45 months ago

Like you, Jeanette, I know the value of these photos to their families. Priceless treasures and I cannot thank you enough for helping you and your neighbors salvage something out of this disaster. God bless!

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JG
$50
Jill Gierach
45 months ago

Jeannette, God bless your service to your community. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for allowing us to support your work.

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CC
$15
Carolann Cormier
45 months ago

I think this is a wonderful project.

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MP
$10
Michelle Palmieri-Kneute
45 months ago

Jeannette, you are an amazing soul! Peace and God Bless

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AB
$10
Amy Braddock
45 months ago

Great work, Jeannette!

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EC
$200
Eileen Cleckner
45 months ago

Wish you continued success in this wonderful endeavor....you are bringing joy to many people. Honey Sosville Cleckner

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