The outpouring of generosity here has been phenomenal! There are always people and organizations that come out to help in a disaster and, in major disasters, corporations and celebrities get added to the mix. This is the first time I’ve seen SO MANY individuals come to lend a hand. People have come from all over to donate items and volunteer their time to help out. They’ve helped to handout meals, pack & distribute needed items, and help survivors with cleaning out their property. Volunteer distribution sites popped up all over so survivors didn’t have to look far for needed supplies.
I decided to visit a few local places working for the cause. This is only two of the many out here but I wanted to share what they’re doing: The Mount Loretto Hurricane Relief Center at 6581 Hylan Boulevard (building #7) in Staten Island is a volunteer-run distribution center that has collected truckloads of items from corporations, celebrities, and individuals and will not only distribute to folks that come to the warehouse but also pack up needed items and deliver them to other locations. I got the grand tour of the place from the guy who’s taken the lead on this project. He gave me the 411 on how it got started, how they process requests, and the record-keeping they put in place to inventory and track everything. It is quite an impressive operation.
Possibili Tees , also at Mount Loretto (in building #20), is a little custom t-shirt shop that provides employment and job skills training to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders. They have designed two disaster related t-shirts (see pics above) and are selling those at $10 a piece with the proceeds going to the disaster relief fund. (You know I had to get me one!)
Kudos to all of the individuals, businesses, and organizations assisting the Sandy survivors including: the Red Cross, United Way, Catholic Charities, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse, Team Rubicon, FEMA Reservists, Google, Verizon, Anheuser-Bush, Jet Blue, Tide, Walgreens, Labella’s Restaurant, Arena Restaurant, Drunken Monkey Bar, Shoprite, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Project Hospitality, Kiwanis Club, Rick’s Café, Ariana’s Grand & The Loft at Ariana’s Grand, and Rebuild Staten Island Foundation.