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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

how you can help those affected by hurricane sandy

31 Oct

We send our love and wishes to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. It’s hard to sit there and watch, so if you want to action and help out those who were adversely affected by the storm, we have compiled some steps you can take:

Source: abcnews.go.com

  • One way to help is by donating to the Red Cross. All donations will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm. To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
  • The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.
  • Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.
  • AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org.
  • World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.
  • Save the Children is also working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.
  • Samaritan’s Purse is asking for volunteers to help storm victims. To volunteer, visit their website.

Source: cnn.com

“If you are planning to give to a nonprofit in the wake of any disaster, verify that it is legitimate. Charity evaluators like Guidestar and Charity Navigator are good ways to check that the organization you’re donating to is established and your funds will go where you intend.”