Morning everyone! Donations to this effort have been officially stopped. In one hour we'll be using what we didn't spend yesterday to bring supplies to Long Island City where they will be distributed throughout the Rockaways and Breezy Point. Thank you so much to everyone for their generosity!
Shea checking in after an absolutely successful day in SI. We delivered $5000 in food, water, clothes, pet food, toiletries, baby supplies, pet supplies etc. at many different sites on the island.When I started this, I thought it *might* reach $1000 and we'd just be filling a van I rented. This was SO much more and every one of you had a part in that. The plan is to take whatever is left of the remaining funds, do another smaller buy tomorrow, and take it over the LIC distribution center that's supplying the Rockaways and Breezy Point. These two locations in Queens also got hit hard and don't seem to be getting the things they need. Because that effort will begin at 10:30am, I will be shutting the donations down on this page at 10:00am tomorrow so get your donations in now! Again, thank you for such a successful weekend effort, and I especially want to thank EVERYONE who came out today. I couldn't have done it without you and I believe we got a lot of needed supplies to a lot of areas. The animal hospital that I was personally at was blown away at all of the pet supplies we delivered. The distribution center across the street literally ran to deliver the clothes we handed over not 5 minutes earlier. This was truly amazing and I am especially humbled by everyone's generosity with their time and money.
WOW!! I'm barely keeping up with all of the donations so thanks so much! I'm upping the goal again, and will be updating the FB page with new info about some shopping efforts today (no worries, will still be plenty to buy tomorrow).
Hello everyone! One thing I wanted to mention is that I'll be posting photos of receipts and things to show where your money is going. Some of you don't know me personally, so this is some transparency. :)
If you're here, then you probably saw my status update, so here are the logistics. The SI Borough President's Office has 5 designated sites for drop-off of supplies:
1) St. Christopher's Church Community Center, 136 Midland Avenue 10306 2) Cespino-Russo Post, 200 McClean Avenue 10305 3) International Christian Center, 1501 Richmond Avenue 10314
4) St. Clare's Church, 110 Nelson Avenue 10308 5) Project Hospitality, 100 Park Avenue 10302
At the worst, we'll drop stuff off at *each* site, so we'll need at least two or three drivers. The more the better. Budget, CC Rentals, and other companies have trucks available right now. I need drivers (I'll be one), and I need more people to load and unload supplies from the stores. I know of at least 4 supermarkets in Astoria that are totally stocked. I think it'll be easier to drive from Queens to SI because of the Manhattan gridlock, so if volunteers can get to Astoria (the N will get you here), we'll be golden. Purchase and delivery of supplies to take place on Saturday (the marathon will shut down streets on Sunday, so we have to do this Saturday).
The biggest question here is money. I'm putting in money of my own, but the more people who donate, the more we can take out to the people in SI who need it. What really spurred this was watching yet another resident, in tears, begging for help on the news. No one should have to do that. We are all New Yorkers, so let's show it.
Feel free to message me for details.
If you missed the status update I sent out, here it is: ATTENTION FB FRIENDS: I've been watching the continued coverage of the hurricane aftermath and I've noticed a common trend that I think we can help with: the lack of food, water, and other essentials in Staten Island (dubbed the "forgotten borough" by several news outlets). As New Yorkers, we're better than that. I've contacted the offices of State Senator Diane Savino and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro about logistics, but here's what I want to do: rent a couple of trucks, fill "˜em full of food, water, and other basic supplies, and drive over the Verrazano to deliver these supplies to the people who need it. Their need is dire. Worst-case scenario is we deliver this stuff to the 5 designated sites for donations that are up on the Borough President's website right now. I want to do this this Saturday before the marathon shuts down the bridge on Sunday and before many of us go back to school on Monday. My supermarkets in Astoria are entirely stocked up, and I feel bad that we have all this stuff when the people who need it most don't have it. Here's the deal: I need people to drive and/or load and unload stuff into those trucks along with me, who are available on Saturday, and most of all, money. Donations would go to the supplies themselves and the truck rentals (unless of course you have a truck or other big vehicle, then just donation of its time). I'm currently working on an official outlet for those donations, but right now I want a measure of interest (both of your personal time and money you want to donate). I'm also going to create an event page for this idea with more specifics and information.
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