How-to-Help Guide to Sandy Relief Efforts in the Hudson Valley

Round two of hyper-tension set in Thursday as rumors of a gas shortage began to circulate. Government officials are working to determine whether their is a shortage of gas or just an interruption in the way it's getting to us. In a statement by Ed Diana this morning, "Supplies of gasoline are on their way, yet residents should know the process will take time. As we work on finding temporary relief, I advise residents to be prudent with their supply and limit any unnecessary travel." A ton of information is coming through the lines from concerned citizens, media outlets and government agencies. Our research has lead to discovery of the following charitable efforts ongoing this weekend. K104.7 WSPK online was on the air Friday morning asking for donations to 'Sandy's Kids'. A 20 foot long box truck is sitting in front of the radio station at 715 Rt. 52 Beacon. The transport vehicle was donated by Golf Cart Annie at Associates Box On Site Storage.  The container will be there for a few days or maybe longer - and local drive organizers are pooling their collections to this central locaiton. Thank you k104 for turning "Let's do something!" into getting it done.

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Shirley Wenlock-Hot at the Cup and Saucer Tea Room is starting a clothing drive for the victims of Sandy. She is collecting coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, pj's and undergarments (unopened). In return Shirley is offering a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of tea cake. Coffee and Tea are FREE to any utility worker with ID at this location. "I am feeling extremely lucky that my home and my business were not overtly affected by Hurricane Sandy. My heart goes out to all the people who were adversely affected by the storm. My thanks go out to all the utility workers who are working tirelessly to get us up and running as quickly as possible."

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Carrie Nolan Regan from Pine Bush has family in Breezy Point. She has initiated a baby-supply drive through facebook to benefit St. Francis Shelter in Rockaway.

"I have three kids and couldn't imagine losing all the comforts of home and the necessary supplies to take care of my babies. I can't do much, but organizing and sharing information happens to be a strong suit." Multiple Drop-Off Locations for this drive include
  • 305 Cloverdale Court, New Windsor 744 Wallkill Ave
  • Pine Bush 41 Talbot Road Harriman, NY 10926
  • 56 park ave highland mills
  • 52 laudaten way warwick ny
  • Main St Cutters- 45 Quaker Ave, Cornwall PIzza
  • 123 EASt Main St WAlden Middletown
As with all of the ongoing drives, please make sure items are in bags and marked. Everything will be dropped off directly to the shelter! Donations are being accepted through Saturday evening.

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Meanwhile, the power was restored to Kol Yisrael in Newburgh just in time to pull off their annual Mitzvah Day. (Mitzvah is the Hebrew term for 'good deed'). The Jewish Fedearation of Greater Orange County and Newburgh Jewish Community Center have had a countywide donation day already planned when threats of Hurricane Sandy began to circulate. They're prepared to accept just about anything that can be spared in support of 10 charitable organizations and have agreed to extend their distribution to include families in need due to last week's storm. Access the wish list.
 

 
Timing couldn't be better for a blood drive scheduled the morning of Nov 2nd 11am - 3pm at 290 North St. in Newburgh which will overlap with the donation drive. According to the Red Cross more than 3,200 blood and platelet donations appintments had to be cancelled resulting in a major shortage on the East Coast. Kol Yisrael will be accepting items through the weekend.
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Drive organizers can use this handy facebook link to connect to distributors in high-need areas of New Jersey. Monmouth County was one of the coastal communities severely battered by Sandy. Residents there may not see power until November 11th.
 

Staying home this weekend? text "Redcross" to 90999 to donate $10 directly to the Red Cross*
 
Additional Links:
 

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services *standard text message rates apply