Alex and I have spent the week chowing down on baked goods from Fusion and NoRA, ice cream from Cold Stone, and wonderful food from all the other restaurants in Middletown.
While we’ve been feasting away, it seems that we’ve failed to acknowledge the fact that there are people living very close to us (my own family included), who have been living on canned foods and other non-perishables because of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, and other less lucky individuals who literally have no food or other supplies because of the disaaster. As a lover of food, I can’t even fathom the concept of not having any. The good news is that we can help.
Check out the following message from Councilman James Sanders Jr. of Far Rockaway NY (an area that was hit particularly hard). I have double checked to ensure that this is completely valid. Thanks in advance for your help, guys!
For those of you who would like to help the recovery effort and help the thousands of already needy people who have lost everything they own, and have no food, water, medicine, baby supplies, etc., here is a very easy way to do it.
A local supply center opened by NY City Councilman James Sanders is very well organized with the help of a number of volunteers but they have limited supplies.
He tells us “If you can help us with supplies, we will make sure they get out to the community. Each project has people who will go and walk up to bring people food and supplies, and tomorrow we will go set up relief tables in the devastated neighborhoods that lie just above the poverty line in which people lost all of what little they had.
If you want to help, have AMAZON or DRUGSTORE.COM deliver (for delivery Tuesday (3.99/item extra) or Wed (free with prime)) anything you think they would need. Food, toiletries, flashlights, LED lights, C and D batteries, baby needs, feminine needs, senior needs, hammers, shovels, brooms, disinfectant, paper towels, scouring goods, etc etc. Send it in.. .and repost this message far and wide. Most of all – A GENERATOR. People are working to save lives by candlelight and it is very hard work!
There are thousands who are living in dangerous, cold, unlit, wet and fetid conditions that need your help. I saw it today.
Send deliveries to (or you can deliver personally via clear and unblocked roads 30 minutes from the Triboro bridge) to
Councilman James Sanders, Jr.
c/o Rockaway Revival Center
1526 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway NY 11691
Here’s the phone number for Councilman James Sanders, Jr. if you want to include that on your order: 718-471-7014
Here are some other organizations that can use our help:
The Salvation Army is aiding those in crisis with hot meals, water, and shelter. To send a $10 donation via text message, you can text the word STORM to 80888, and confirm the donation with the word, “Yes.” They are also accepting used clothing and furniture donations to local Salvation Army locations (via NBC News).
The Food Bank For New York City is distributing emergency food and supplies. To donate, text FBNYC to 50555 or make a monetary contribution online. Their local food pantries and kitchens also need disaster response volunteers--sign up, here (via Gothamist).
The Humane Society is leading pet search and rescue efforts. To support their initiatives, click here.
The Brooklyn Recovery Fund is aiding local Brooklyn nonprofits, civic institutions, and small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy (via Support Victims of Hurricane Sandy on Facebook).
The American Red Cross is offering shelter, clothing, supplies, food and blood to Hurricane Sandy victims. To donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 or you can call 800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To donate blood, visit the Red Cross website (via NBC News).