LONG BRANCH, NJ — At Patch, we partnered with Ring doorbell security to find local heroes, people who are not thinking of themselves and simply trying to help others during the COVID crisis.
A reader nominated Donna Cetrulo, a volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Society of Christ the King parish in Long Branch. Donna runs the food pantry for St. Vincent de Paul Society.
The economic fall-out from COVID — plus governors shutting down businesses — has resulted in a massive increase in the number of people needing help putting food on the table.
“We hit a high-water mark of 260 families in May, and since then our numbers have averaged about 180 families each Wednesday,” said Cetrulo. “It takes many people to keep the pantry stocked and ready to serve families in need. I do not know a more dedicated, harder-working group. It is they who deserves the