Rockaway Beach Relief Fund

$14,935 of $25k goal

Raised by 212 people in 46 months
Kate O'Sullivan   BOSTON, MA
This page has been set up for me, directly, to raise money to help my own and other families that have been devasted in Rockaway Beach, NY by hurrincane Sandy. My goal is to raise money to buy the most needed supplies right now. The Red Cross and other efforts have not yet centralized the donation centers for only Rockaway Beach.

This is an effort to allow people located outside of Rockaway to help in some way. All the money donated goes directly to me for supplies that will be distributed on Friday November 2nd.

I am leaving for Rockaway at noon on Friday November 2nd. My goal is to raise enough funds to buy 2 generators and large supplies of black bags, batteries and water to begin the clean up. What families need RIGHT NOW is access to GENERATORS. They need to charge phones and pumps to clear water from homes.

Please donate any amount. It will all help. Please try and donate before Friday at noon, as this is when I will be buying the generators, etc. Any funds donated after that time will go directly to help families through a donation to the Red Cross for all victims of hurricane Sandy.

Thank you and God bless.
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Update 9
46 months ago
Thank you again to everyone who has donated! I want to recognize and give a special thank you to William Gallagher Associates for donating $5,000 this past week. I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude. The donation was given to me through a personal check. That means combining the website, WGA and other cash donations over $20,000 has been raised for Rockaway Beach.

The latest donations will go towards continued emergency supplies to be delivered to the Yacht Club and the St. Camillus donation center and school. St. Camillus is my families parish and the school I attended from K-8. The students and teachers have been relocated to Howard Beach until the building can be repaired. It gives me great joy to see the donations going to help this school.

Donations will also go towards gift cards for families in Rockaway Beach that have relocated and others that are beginning to rebuild. The gift cards delivered on my last trip were extremely well received, so I will continue to funnel these to people who need everything from very basic necessities to major appliances from stores like Target and Home Depot.

Conditions are improving for many families in Rockaway. My family and several other families on 91st Street now have power. It is going to be a long road, but I hope everyone who has donated and shared this page knows how much their support means to me, my family, neighbors and community.

The next trip is this Wednesday.

Thank you always and God bless.
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Update 8
46 months ago
Thank you, again, to everyone that has donated!

The second van load of supplies was delivered on Friday to Rockaway Beach. These supplies were sorely needed as families continue to demo basements and clear at homes that were flooded.

It was great to see that everyones tireless efforts were beginning to make a difference! I am not surprised at all to see how a community, so close already, and full of first responders is prevailing in this devastation. Check out the link below from 60 minutes.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50134940n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel

Thank you to the Marines, Navy, National Guard and of course the Sanitation for working around the clock to remove debris, sand and clear out homes.

Please continue to encourage others to donate. The next delivery of supplies will be on Wednesday November 21st.

Thank you and God bless! Rockaway will rebuild!
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Update 7
46 months ago
Supplies have been purchased at BJ's and Home Depot tonight. BJ's donated $250 and Home Depot gave us 10% off.

We are getting close to all the supplies needed for tomorrows trip. Target tomorrow then on the road!
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Update 6
46 months ago
Thank you for the continued support! Donations have come in from all over the country and some even from overseas. I know that the people of Rockaway Beach that receive these supplies are so grateful. The first van load literally brought tears to their eyes.

I really do believe that the donation and support the people in Rockaway have seen are what keep their spirits so high!

I want to encourage everyone who has donated to share the page again on Facebook. I am driving down tomorrow with another van load of supplies, but each donation make a huge difference. As you know, it is getting very cold out and the people of Rockaway continue to need very basic supplies like winter coats, boots, and gloves. This is in addition to the emergency supplies of fresh food, contractor bags, socks, thermal clothing and construction supplies.

Again, please share the page with family and friends! I will be purchasing the supplies tonight for tomorrows trip.

Thank you and God bless!
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Shannon McKee Meade
46 months ago

Kate, you are doing an amazing job! I am blown away by how many of my friends have sent this on and to see their friends names on this too is so encouraging!! I love your spirit, you inspire me!!!! Love and hugs to all of you there. Joe comes tomorrow, he can't wait to help and see his family

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Sandy Relief Mylian
46 months ago

God bless you we have shared your storie

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Ann Moore
46 months ago

Learned about this through Robert Kalatschan - Giving It Back To Kids Praying for your family and friends.

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Patti O'Rourke
46 months ago

Hi Laura, you can drop off donations at St. Francis De Sales on 129th st. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rockaway-Emergency-Plan/463945416990840 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hope-for-Rockaway/550728008273954 these pages have more info.

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Ralph Cruz
46 months ago

Hey kate...keep up the good work.. I'm from beach 73. Wish i could help,But in need of help our self.. I'm just glad some one is taking the time to put there effort in helping others.

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Laura Anthony-Jones
46 months ago

Hi Laura, Myself, a friend and a friend who is a Newsday reporter would also like to bring supplies and come down on Friday, but are concerned that will be turned away from the disaster area as non residents etc. Also, is there a school or church or some organized space to drop off donations? Let me know your thoughts asap as am trying to raise $ towards the Rockaways. Thanks.

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Laura Mullin
46 months ago

I am also driving down with supplies on Thursday or Friday. Contact me if you wish to donate or come with me. Laura Jeanne Rogers.

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$14,935 of $25k goal

Raised by 212 people in 46 months
Created October 31, 2012
Kate O'Sullivan     Sandy   BOSTON, MA
CB
$100
Corey Barash
44 months ago
YB
$50
Yina Barragan
44 months ago

We are not alone! Merry Christmas. Feliz Navidad!

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JA
$150
JOANNE AHMADI
46 months ago

GOD BLESS!

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RC
$50
Ryan and Christine
46 months ago

Best of luck to you guys.

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CM
$40
CATHY MCKEE
46 months ago

THIS IS FROM KATHY HETRICK & MOM THEY WISH YOU THE BEST IN RECOVERY.

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PZ
$100
Peggy Zavala
46 months ago
$200
Anonymous
46 months ago
$25
Anonymous
46 months ago
PC
$30
Pam Chesterfield
46 months ago
$250
Anonymous
46 months ago
Shannon McKee Meade
46 months ago

Kate, you are doing an amazing job! I am blown away by how many of my friends have sent this on and to see their friends names on this too is so encouraging!! I love your spirit, you inspire me!!!! Love and hugs to all of you there. Joe comes tomorrow, he can't wait to help and see his family

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Sandy Relief Mylian
46 months ago

God bless you we have shared your storie

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Ann Moore
46 months ago

Learned about this through Robert Kalatschan - Giving It Back To Kids Praying for your family and friends.

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Patti O'Rourke
46 months ago

Hi Laura, you can drop off donations at St. Francis De Sales on 129th st. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rockaway-Emergency-Plan/463945416990840 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hope-for-Rockaway/550728008273954 these pages have more info.

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Ralph Cruz
46 months ago

Hey kate...keep up the good work.. I'm from beach 73. Wish i could help,But in need of help our self.. I'm just glad some one is taking the time to put there effort in helping others.

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Laura Anthony-Jones
46 months ago

Hi Laura, Myself, a friend and a friend who is a Newsday reporter would also like to bring supplies and come down on Friday, but are concerned that will be turned away from the disaster area as non residents etc. Also, is there a school or church or some organized space to drop off donations? Let me know your thoughts asap as am trying to raise $ towards the Rockaways. Thanks.

+ Read More
Laura Mullin
46 months ago

I am also driving down with supplies on Thursday or Friday. Contact me if you wish to donate or come with me. Laura Jeanne Rogers.

+ Read More
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