Help People Affected By Sandy (Even More Updates)

My family had such a wonderful time in New York only a few weeks before Sandy devastated it. I also grew up in Connecticut and one of the first responders, Lt. Russell Neary, in my hometown lost his life in the line of duty during the storm. My memories of the tri-state area and the photographs of the upheaval are difficult to reconcile.

Just one of thousands of photographs of the storm that people are still struggling to recover from because that water left behind some terrible smells and waste even if it has receded in areas.

However, this post is not about my removed take on the situation even if I find myself very interesting. This post is about how can we help alleviate the current suffering.

  • A family who moved to Queens to be closer to Sloan-Kettering while their 6-year-old son fights brain cancer lost everything. Learn more on Mom in a Million’s blog post or go directly to the family’s fundraising page.
  • Most of Rockaway Queens is wrecked by the storm and is still without food or power. And those homes with food? Are being looted. Learn more about how you can help on Motherhood in NYC’s blog, or go directly to the Far Rockaway Recovery blog and donate diapers, canned goods and more.
  • The local NPR station in the New York area has a list of ways to help, and although many of these are geared towards New York area residents looking to help others, it’s worth a look.
  • Donate to the Red Cross or your favorite disaster relief group — okay that sounds weird. Also, a freader let me know that Capitol One is matching donations and covers charitable transaction fees.
  • A freader/blogger, who grew up in Staten Island, is running the Richmond Marathon this weekend and is running for Staten Island. She is taking donations per mile find out more at Running Slowly with Kids. She also recommends the Carl Bini Fund because they have working tirelessly to bring supplies to one of the worse hit areas of New York and where many of our first responders live, Staten Island.
  • If you’re local to Richmond: A freader’s car is leaving for NY tomorrow (Monday 11/5) to volunteer on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you can get donations to me or her by 4:30 p.m. on 11/5, we can fill her car! We are look for: FOOD: canned goods, water; CLOTHING: socks, gloves, scarves, hats, sweaters, hoodies, rubber boots, blankets; MISCELLANEOUS: toilet paper, batteries, diapers, wipes, formula,  cleaning supplies, bleach, trash bags, serving dishes and utensils. Email me alex{at}lateenough{dot}com to find out the multiple drop off sites or drop stuff at my house if you already know where I live.
  • Park Slope Armory Shelter is the largest make-shift shelter in the NEw York area housing hundred of displaced elderly and mentally ill patients. They are in need of bulk items like 600 pairs of underwear or 200 wool blankets so they are running a drive to collect money for Costco runs. Donate to the Park Slope Parents/Old Stone House Brooklyn Neighbors in Need Hurricane Drive. I can personally vouch for this drive., but I will add that their neighborhood is doing an amazing at supporting this shelter. They should be proud.
  • One of my longest freaders has close friends with family in Staten Island whose church is collecting donations.

Many families and neighborhoods highlighted need supplies so while you may not have money to donate, you could have diapers or canned goods sitting around your home to send. However, if you don’t have the resources to help, spreading the word is important, too.

And as I read about more ways to help, I will add links here so check back for a story which moves you, and feel free to add links in the comments to fundraising pages and blog posts as long as you can verify them. I hope to add information soon about the largest makeshift shelter in New York for hundreds of displaced elderly and mentally ill people as soon as learn more from my friend who is running the place.

Thank you.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

9 thoughts to “Help People Affected By Sandy (Even More Updates)”

  1. For me, being in the UK whilst this storm was happening, I have only been able to watch news coverage and read reports in the paper. Nobody is reporting on the huge efforts that people like you are making though. What a great post and a really wonderful way of using social media for positive change. Well done you and I hope the families affected are able to rebuild their lives.

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