01 November 2012

WAYS TO HELP HURRICANE VICTIMS IN NEW YORK




As the days go by, the people in need are becoming even more in need.  There is great desperation being felt by so many and we need to help.


*Note: there is a gas shortage.  Please walk or ride a bike when possible.

1.  THE RED HOOK INITIATIVE i
s collecting specific items for Red Hook residents who are still without power and running water and will be for several days more (Red Hook is a Zone A area).  We are told that these folks are in great need.

Specifically they are collecting: water, toilet paper, paper towels, wipes in small packages, diapers, paper towels, band-aids, aspirin, inhalers, 6 individual coolers filled with ice for families who need to store insulin, flashlights (ideally loaded with batteries), batteries, aluminum foil, matches, and tons of plastic bags (like from the supermarket).

Drop off locations for the Red Hook Initiative:
767 Hicks Street (at their location in Red Hook)

OR

343 Court Street at the Mormon Church in Carroll Gardens on FRIDAY BETWEEN 12 PM & 5 PM. (It's at the corner of Union and Court Street).  Drop-offs will be taken promptly to the Red Hook Initiative.

You can also donate funds directly to the Red Hook Initiative here

2.
  CBE (CONGREGATION BETH ELOHIM) is need of volunteers to prepare meals today (THURSDAY)
They also need donations to cover food costs.  Donate on their website.
Volunteers should go to 274 Garfield Place in Park Slope.  They also have a drive for candles, batteries, flashlights, water, non-perishables for Red Hook shelters.  Drop off bins are outside their building.

3.  HURRICANE SHELTERS
There two shelters we are aware of located at Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Fort Greene Place) and the Park Slope Armory (361 15th Street) that need volunteers.  Both shelters are housing flood victims, especially the elderly, and volunteers are needed to distribute food, handle administrative tasks, and comfort residents.  If you are able to assist, simply walk in to the shelter during these hours and work for as long as you can.

4.  DUMBO, BROOKLYN

Swiss Miss is awesome for organizing some efforts there.  Please help them if you can!

THANKS, EVERYONE!  IF YOU KNOW OF OTHER WAYS TO SERVE, PLEASE WRITE IN!



7 comments:

  1. My heart goes out to everyone who is affected. I just saw a picture on facebook of someone who had power who had pulled out an extension lead to the kerb with a note to say people could charge their phones there. A small thing but so important in times like these. Every bit helps, right?

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  2. Thanks for sharing this information, Mara! So many people asking what they can do to help.

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  3. Great ideas! Another way to help is donating blood to the Red Cross. I know they had lots of blood drives canceled because of the hurricane, and so donating right now, no matter where you live would help direct victims of the hurricane as well as indirect victims (those who need help, and might not get it because of less supply).

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  4. Great ideas Mara!
    My heart goes out to all of these people. So sad.

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  5. Mara I am so glad you guys are okay. And it is wonderful you are caring for others, like always. I hope everything gets back to normality as soon as possible. I feel sorry for everyone affected in any way, small or big. God bless you!

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  6. Mara and Danny! It was nice to meet you today! I thought I had seen Mara's face before from some blog I had read but I couldn't remember so I got home and googled Mara Brooklyn...and voila. Now I can be blog-friends and real-life friends with you guys. See you Sunday.

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  7. Thanks for posting this list! It's always so difficult to think of meaningful ways to help in times of crisis.

    I've hand-lettered a quote that's available to download for all who donate to humanitarian aid. You can read about it here: http://melissaesplin.com/2012/11/relief-for-sandy-victims/

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