Now that we have finished talking about the Marathon, it’s time for all the critics to don their gloves, put on their coats, and step outside to help those in need.
Or dip into their pantries and pocketbooks. Then we’ll see who is REALLY able and willing to help.
In other words, let all of the critics and whiners come forward and put their money and time where their mouths are.
We have been reporting on this disaster since the moment we could find a dry place with electricity to report from. We’ve told you where to go, who to call, and when things are coming back to normal. We’ve been doing what we do best, which is to report what is happening.
And there have been others who have organized to gather and deliver much needed supplies to those in need.
One such group was organized by cyclist Ray Alba, who created the group using Google as an organizing point. You can join by going to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TODAY, the group is looking for essential items that they will collect and then distribute to the hard hit areas.
Here are some of the locations:
- BY 12 NOON: Rose Pezzulli’s Son (my mother) for Hurricane Sandy, 711 Amsterdam Avenue (94th and 95th street) NY, NY 10024, cell phone: 917.940.5099
- BY 1 PM: 711 Amsterdam avenue between now and 1PM., Talk to Josh Mason.
- Or join the group and find out what you can do.
Most of the teams are heading out to the Rockaways today by 1 PM, so please bring your donations or your help by then if you are in Manhattan.
They will be going to the following distribution areas:
- Beach 96th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in front of Veggie Island (10 a.m.)
- Beach 94th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, 100th Precinct
- Beach 84th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard 1 p.m – 5 p.m
Below is a list of the most urgent (two **’s) and urgent (one *) items needed for distribution to people in Staten Island and Breezy Point, as well as other areas of the city.
Specific Donation Requests in Rockaways (please deliver to all locations):
*** = MOST Urgent
* = Urgent
*** gasoline containers
*** blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, anything to keep folks warm
*** cleaning supplies – buckets, squeegies, mops, bleach
*** candles and lanterns, flashlights
*** baby supplies
* Propane grille or camping style oven
* Plates, cups, forks, bowls, spoons, etc
* masks, gloves for cleaning
* garbage bags
- electric stove
- gas stove
- satellite phones
- big paper, tape, markers
- pens, paper, notepads
- camping tables
- fire extinguishers
- walkie talkies
- i9 tablets
- Raman Noodles were a hit
- Canned goods – the Viennese Sausages too was a hit but, anything was accepted
- BREAD – loves
- Peanut butter
- cold cuts – though get in 1/2 lb bags
- Feminine Napkins were requested by all the mothers we met
- Capri Sun or mini box juices to hand out individually
- Granola bars
- Heck Anything food wise