Long Island and New Jersey were some of the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Many folks that I know and plenty of folks that I don’t know are left without homes, or their homes are under water, have lost family and have no where to go. LIPA and Con Edison have not restored power to many folks, but have been making some progress as I just got power turned back on in my home late last night.
However, to the folks who do not have power, this is devastating. The temperature has been dropping and now we have a Nor’easter that’s on its way. So it looks like things are going to get worse before they can get better.
We can make a difference though! “Blankets For Sandy
" is looking to help those in need, so find out how you can help when you click on that "Read More
" button below:
“Blankets for Sandy
" is an initiative that is trying to provide warmth for Hurricane Sandy survivors who are in desperate need of anything that can provide light or heat. Blankets, candles, batteries and hand warmers are just some of the things you can donate, and drop off locations are listed below:
In the New York area:
1. Buy blankets (since you may not have extras sitting around your house
). Costco has blankets for as little $12.99, while Ikea has some for as little as $4!
2. Occupy Sandy has been key in organizing shipments to the hardest hit boroughs. You can donate winter gear at the St. Jacobi Church in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park located at 5406 4th Avenue at 54th Street (contact: 347-470-4192
3. The Red Hook Initiative is taking donations of blankets at Good Shepherd Services, 173 Conover Street, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 98 Richards Street/Verona Street and 767 Hicks Street in Red Hook.
4. On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Saloon NYC has been accepting donations at 1584 York Avenue. All of these donated supplies will be delivered to St. Francis des Sales church in Belle Harbor. Check their Facebook page for updates on collection times.
5. On Manhattan’s Lower East Side The Bowery Mission at 45-51 Ave D is open 24/7 and will accept any donations you can bring. For more info, contact 212-777-3424.
6. In Brooklyn, NY Communities for Change (NYCC
), 2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Floor is bringing blankets and other supplies twice a day to Far Rockaway. Drop-off donations between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. For more info, contact Olivia Leirer email@example.com
to find out how you can help with transporting items. You can also bring items directly to City Council Member James Sanders’ Office, 15-26 Central Avenue #2, Far Rockaway.
7. In Breezy Point, Queens, where at least 80 homes were destroyed in a fire, The Silver Gull Club is collecting blankets at 1 Beach 193rd Street. For more info, call 718-634-1500.
In New Jersey:
1. Register online at Jersey Cares to search how you can help areas around NJ in the weeks to come. It is expected that blankets will be among the supplies requested by families in need.
2. Union Beach, NJ, a coastal town hit extremely hard by Sandy, is accepting donations of food, toiletries, clothing and blankets at the municipal building, 650 Poole Ave. and at the Union Beach Firehouse 1, 1110 Union Ave.
3. Your old blankets and towels are useful, too. Bring them to the Associated Humane Societies in Ocean, Essex and Monmouth Counties, where they will be used to help animals affected by the storm.
4. Visitation Church is accepting donations of blankets, pillows, food and toiletries at 755 Mantoloking Road in Brick, NJ. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and also has weekend hours. Call 732-920-1365 for more info.
5. This press release issued by Ocean County, NJ lists drop-off points throughout the county that are accepting donations.
Anything you can offer will go along way!