SOMERVILLE, NJ - Several police departments in Somerset County are collecting donations to be shipped to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas.

A 42-foot trailer is parked at the Bernards Township police headquarters. Police are trying to get the trailer packed to capacity as soon as possible so that the needed supplies can be on their way to Texas, according to Officer Vito Spadea of the Somerville PBA #147. Donations will be accepted until the trailer is full.

Other police departments participating in addition to Bernards and Somerville include Bernardsville, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Raritan, Montgomery and others.

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The combined PBAs are underwriting the $4,800 expense to send the truck roundtrip to Texas and back to New Jersey, according to Spadea.

“We have been in daily contact with a member of the Dickinson, Texas Police Department. The donations we collect will go to the residents of Dickinson as well as the police officers that work there,” according to the Bernards Township Police Department Facebook page.

Items needed include:

Boots, sneakers, socks, foot powder, band aids, foot ointment to treat blisters, diapers, wipes, pull-ups, bleach, Lysol, bottled water, bed linens, towels, toiletries, trash bags, rubber gloves, plastic bins and moving boxes.

No used clothing, toys or furniture will be accepted.

Donations can be dropped off at the Bernards Township Police Department, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge; Somerville residents have the option of delivering their donations to Somerville Police headquarters, 24 So. Bridge St. Spadea said he will transport the donations to Basking Ridge, no later than Monday, Sept. 11.

Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made out to Bernards Township PBA Civic Association and mailed to Box 381, Basking Ridge, 07920.

Further information is available by sending an e-mail to