Stuart church helping victims of Hurricane Sandy

STUART, FL (WFLX) - The Grace Place Community Church in Stuart is accepting donations of food, clothing and money to help victims of Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey.

The church rented a U-Haul truck and hopes to use several others to take truckloads of goods to those impacted by the storm. They're taking the donated items to Egg Harbor Township, located just outside of Atlantic City in New Jersey. The church paired up with Shore Fellowship Church, which is close to where the storm made landfall.

Michelle Ross, a volunteer with the church, says "You just can't sit still and not lend a hand." She says as soon as she saw the images from the northeast, she knew she had to help out. "It was one of those things where we were walking around the office, around the building going 'We need to do something.'"

The church, located off of Salerno Road, will accept donations throughout the weekend. Volunteers hope to fill several U-Haul trucks and expect to leave by Tuesday.

Dennis Ives will be driving one of the trucks up north. He helped out when the church went to Alabama last year following a deadly outbreak of tornadoes.

"It's heartwrenching to see people from America have to beg for help, when we're usually the ones helping others," Ives said.

The volunteers are spending their own money to get to New Jersey. After dropping off the donated items, they will fly back to South Florida. The church is taking monetary donations to help offset the cost of traveling to New Jersey.

The church is asking for non-perishable food, blankets, empty gas cans, toiletries, and other items that could help those who were struck by the storm.