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hurricane sandy clean up efforts

16 Nov

This past Monday we took a trip to the Rockaways in Queens, one of the communities seriously affected by hurricane Sandy. We wanted to help out those in need, so what better way than cooking up some food, and donating necessities.

We donated baked chicken, mashed potatoes and steamed peas to the Broad Channel community, and low sodium canned goods and cleaning supplies to the Rockaway Rescue Alliance, who prepare and deliver homemade meals to those in need. We brought dry goods and warm sweaters to the St. Francis de Sales Church on B-129th street, then we got to doing what we do best, serving food with a smile.

When we arrived at the church we met a woman who had organized relief efforts in the aftermath of 9/11. She was bright, energetic and knew what she was doing. She asked us what we were good at? We responded, “anything really.” She invited us into the “warming station” tent and had us organizing water for people to drink, then all of a sudden we were serving up hot chili, corn bread, mashed potatoes, chicken marsala, rice and beans to the long line of people waiting to eat.

While serving the food, we met wonderful volunteers who had great big hearts and smiles. Those waiting in line were people of all ages, races and backgrounds and were all so grateful for the hot food and the warm tent. It’s amazing to witness how the combinations of hot food, coffee and tea, and a caring community can warm up so many people in such hard times. We were grateful to have been able to help out, and highly recommend all of you readers to join in and help too.

For those living locally, they are looking for volunteers to help serve food, cook, sort, clean. You name it, and not just in the Rockaways and Broad Channel, but also in Staten Island, Red Hook and of course New Jersey. Here is a live list of ways that you can help.

If you would like to donate food, supplies, sweaters, gas, coats etc… please reach out to us, as one of colleagues grew up in the Rockaways and she travels there frequently.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.” Edward Everett Hale