Friday, November 2, 2012

Giving Back After Hurricane Sandy

And New Jersey, too!

After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, we’re all looking for ways to give back. My husband and I have been so lucky as the Upper West Side where we live was basically unscathed. We didn’t lose power or experience any major damage. So many others weren’t so lucky, and my heart goes out to them.

We’ve heard Mayor Bloomberg say that monetary donations are most needed now. I encourage you to give to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. They ensure your donation goes to a reputable organization supporting relief efforts in New York City.

As an organizer, it’s my duty to encourage you to donate things you don’t use or love to help those in need. During an emergency like this, organizations are usually looking for sizable bulk donations; however, small groups are doing their part. ClosetDash Shop, a local swap shop, is collecting warm clothes, blankets, non-perishable food, flashlights, and batteries for donation. You can drop them off at 30 East 20th Street, Suite 402 on Friday or Saturday 11-7pm, or Sunday 11-2pm. Any additional details can be found here

Do some research in your neighborhood. It’s likely a local religious group or community center has an effort underway that you can support.

In addition, these larger charities in the New York region are accepting donations:
  • The annual New York Cares Coat Drive has begun. More New Yorkers are in need this year, so clean out your coat closet today.  
  • The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Plus they are still one of the most reliable ways to donate used goods in the New York City. 
  • Second Chance Toys is now taking clean, plastic toys in advance of the holiday season.  

If you know of an organization that can make a bulk donation of items, visit Aidmatrix Network, a website sponsored through the New York City Office of Emergency Management. 

Finally, we're all busy, but if you can donate your time and talents, I encourage you to visit NYC Service to sign up to volunteer in the coming weeks.

If you know of an organization that's accepting donations or need support in other ways, please share it with us here. 


  1. From a friend in Astoria -

    Astoria Fine Arts Dance at 38-01 23rd Avenue Astoria is collecting clothes, batteries, blankets, etc. on Friday from 5-7pm and Saturday 9-2pm.

  2. TODAY (Sat, 11/3) IN ASTORIA!
    Supply and Food Drive from 1pm to 4pm. Located at Sweet Afton (30-09 34th Street in Astoria).

    Most urgent items are:
    Non-Perishable Food
    Diapers and Wipes
    Gloves and Masks
    Rubber Boots
    Cleaning Supplies and Bleach
    Trash Bags
    Serving Dishes and Utensils
    Winter Clothes (Jackets, Hats, Scarves, Gloves)

    Please bring whatever you can. If you don't have things to donate, might you re-post to help spread the word?

  3. DONATIONS NEEDED TODAY IN ROCKAWAY: FLASHLIGHTS AND CANDLES. Batteries are very popular -- particularly C's and D's because we always have a healthy supply of the rest.

    Focus on the most essential clothing:
    -heavy sweaters/jackets

    Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Boulevard Flushing, Queens
    Is accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Sandy from noon-5pm daily, for as long as needed. (Donations will then be picked up for distribution). Some of the needed items are: shampoo + soap (hotel size), Plates, cups, forks, bowls, spoons, etc * blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, anything to keep folks warm * cleaning supplies - buckets, squeegies, mops, bleach * masks, gloves for cleaning * socks * water * tarps * garbage bags, boots, big paper, tape, markers, pens, paper, notepads, canned food, can openers, baby items, diapers, etc. Flushing Town Hall is located at Thank you for your generosity to our neighbors in need.

    Dix Hills Fire Dept & the Adams Angels Organization are collecting Target, Home Depot and Visa Gift Cards to be distributed to families in the Breezy Point and Long Beach areas who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    Gift Card Dropoff Locations:
    Austin's Steak and Ale, 82-70 Austin Street, Kew Gardens, 718-849-3939

    Bourbon Street, 40-12 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, 718-224-2200

    East Elmhurst

    Jose Peralta’s Office, 32-37 Junction Blvd., East Elmhurst, 718-205-3881 , Drop-off hours: Friday: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Elmcor Senior Center, 98-19 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, Contact: Larinda Hooks or Danielle Burton, 718-457-9757 , Drop-off hours: Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


    Queens Center Mall, Guest Services – Level 1 Macy’s Wing across of Applebee’s, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, 718-592-3901 , Drop-off hours:
    Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

    Note: Collection bins are available throughout mall. Charging centers are
    also available for cellular phones. Please bring your own chargers.

    Jackson Heights

    82nd Street Academics, 81-10 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights Contact: Dr. Tompkins or Reverend Davis or Joan Feckete, 718-457-0429 , Drop-off hours: Friday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    3 J’s Pharmacy, 90-12 Elmhurst Avenue, Jackson Heights, Contact: Agustin Rojas or Juan Guijandria, 718-424-0533 , Drop-off hours: Friday: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Sunday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM


    Lefrak City Library, 98-30 57th Avenue, Corona, Contact: Eric Howard or Troy Rose, 718-592-7677
    Drop-off hours: Friday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Forest Hills

    Thank Heaven Children’s Boutique, 72-18 Austin Street
    Karen Koslowitz’s office, 118-35 Queens Blvd. 17th Floor, Forest Hills
    Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Boulevard *Collecting on Sunday, Nov. 4th


    Keller Williams Realty, 32-55 Francis Lewis Blvd Flushing
    Auburndale Soccer Club, 25-44 Francis Lewis Blvd.
    Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, from 12-5pm daily, for as long as needed


    CJ Sullivan’s, 213-10 41st Ave, Bayside


    Resort World Casino (Former Aqueduct Racetrack), 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica (Next to JFK airport – Enter from 109th Street & Rockaway Blvd.)

  4. DONATIONS NEEDED TODAY IN ROCKAWAY: FLASHLIGHTS AND CANDLES. Batteries are very popular -- particularly C's and D's because we always have a healthy supply of the rest.

    Focus on the most essential clothing:
    -heavy sweaters/jackets


    Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd, Douglaston, Friday 11/2 – 9-3pm, Saturday 11/3 – 9-4pm, Sunday 11/4 – 12-4:30pm, Monday-Friday next week: 9-4:30pm

    Jimmy Van Bramer’s Office, 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205, Sunnyside, from 9-6pm


    Queens Mamas, 23-74 38th Street, before 7pm, and through the weekend.
    Powhatan Democratic Club, 41-05 Newtown Road, Astoria (Friday night 6:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 1:30pm-4:30pm, Sunday 12pm-3pm)


    Woodhaven Development Corp, Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue.
    Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office, 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd, Woodhaven 718-805-0950


    Immanuel Lutheran Church, 12-10 150 St., Whitestone
    Zumba Studio, 150 st and the Cross Island Pkwy, Whitestone
    Clearview Home Center, 20-11 Francis Lewis Blvd., Whitestone

    Middle Village

    Queens College will be at St Margaret’s Church starting at 2:30 PM. Address is 66-10 80th Street in Middle Village, corner of 80th Street and Juniper Valley Road. *Today only, November 1st*
    Senator Joe Addabbo’s office: 66-85 73rd Place, Middle Village. 718-497-1630
    PS/IS 49, 79-15 Penelope Avenue, Middle Village – Nov. 8th 8-2pm


    Atlas Park Mall, at the old Borders Store, 8000 Cooper Ave. from 12:00-8pm today, November 1st. The Donation site will be open throughout the weekend.
    Excalibur Reading Program, 80-17-78th Ave. Glendale. 347-725-4218
    Cook’s Crafts: 80-09 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale. 718-366-6085

    Also, Brooklyn Kitchen is taking donations. They are located close to Sunnyside/Woodside, in Greenpoint. Their address is 100 Frost Street. You can reach them at 718-389-2982

    If you have a car and can drive out to site in Far Rockaway, please call 718.208.7205

  5. Staten Island Update - Big Thank you to Steven Matteo and the Office of CM James Oddo for providing this info-

    Crossroads Church, located at 168 New Dorp Lane (the Lane Theatre)
    Here is what they need most at the moment:
    • Toiletry items
    • Tissues
    • Soap
    • Batteries
    • Garbage Bags
    They do not need clothing.

    Zion Lutheran Church & Preschool, 505 Watchogue Rd. 10314 is collecting ANYTHING and EVERYTHING for the devastated families of Staten Island. Monday thru Friday, 9am - 4pm items can be dropped off from now until 11/16.

    The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation is setting up a relief station at 543 Cary Ave. Staten Island to accept donations of non-perishable food, water, blankets, warm clothing and footwear, etc.

    St Christophers needs baby clothes, diapers, formula, warm clothes for babies
    136 Midland Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10306

    Please donate as much water and non-perishable food as you can.

    Cleaning supplies are necessary for people to begin to salvage whatever they can.

  6. For those of you on the Upper West Side, both The Saloon and Firehouse (addresses & info to follow) will be collecting food, water, personal hygience items, clothing, shoes this weekend. These items will go to those who lost pretty much everything in the Rockaways/Breezy Point. They are especially in need of shoes, food, water; clothes are needed but much has been donated already. The information is as follows:

    The Saloon, 1584 York Ave (between 83-84th Sts); 212 570 5454. They are collecting all day Saturday, not sure about Sunday but will have information on their phone shortly.

    Firehouse, 522 Columbus Ave (85th St); collecting Sat & Sun until 5P. 212 595 3139.

  7. A great source for volunteer and donation opportunities in Brookyln: