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After Hurricane Sandy: New City FD Relief Effort for Breezy Point Swamped by Donations

Volunteers ask for donations of cleaning utensils, small hand tools, mops, brooms; no more blankets, pillows or clothing needed.

In the sixth day of their effort to collect essential items to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, NY, recover from devastation there, the volunteers of the New City Fire Department say they have been inundated by donations from the public.

Fire Chief Kenny Flynn said tonight that donations having been pouring into the firehouse on Maple Avenue from New City residents, residents from throughout Rockland County and from people across the country who have heard about the relief effort.

The volunteers plan on driving trucks loaded with disaster relief supplies to key locations in the disaster area on Sunday morning. A donation collection drive began on Saturday morning and continues until 9 tonight and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Flynn asks that no donations be dropped off at the New City firehouse after 9 p.m. on Friday. He said that two 36-foot box trucks have already moved supplies to a warehouse in New Jersey in preparation for shipment to Breezy Point, with another truck coming in tonight and a fourth truck coming in on Saturday.

"The generosity of people has been unbelieveable," Flynn said.

However, Flynn said that as the donation drive is nearing its conclusion, the fire department is asking for those who wish to donate materials to focus on some key items, including:

- Small hand tools, such as pry bars, hammers, hand saws, coal shovels.

- Cleaning implements, such as mops and brooms.

"The people down there need small hand tools like you would use in demoltion work," Flynn said.

The fire department is asking those who wish to donate supplies to not bring in the following items:

- Pillows

- Blankets

- Sheets

- Clothing

Flynn said the latest updates from disaster relief officials is that they have received enough clothing and linens. Additionally, Flynn said personal items are no longer needed, such as diapers, strollers and soaps and other cleaning products.

Volunteer firefighters in Nanuet and Congers also collected donations to support residents of Breezy Point.

 

Vincent Pacella November 16, 2012 at 02:54 AM
This information below was on a web site and was last updated on November 15, 2012 WEBSITE: www.breezypointcoop.org/recovery FACEBOOK: Breezy Point Cooperative Hurricane Sandy Information (official) BREEZY POINT DISASTER RELIEF HOTLINE Call 866-250-8627 and select from the following options: 1 – to make a financial donation 2 – to make a material or item donation 3 – to provide a service or volunteer 4 – if you are a shareholder who needs assistance You will be prompted to leave a message and your call will be returned. Please clearly leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached.
Rhea Vogel November 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM
PLEASE GIVE LOCALLY! www.rocklandgives.org Contributions remain here in Rockland for those who need it most! If you have been fortunate to not been affected by this storm please consider making a donation to one of the following funds: Community Crisis Relief Fund Active Cares Fund Boulders Fund The North Rockland Disaster Recovery Fund Check or Money Order made payable to the Rockland Community Foundation, P.O. Box 323, New City, NY 10956 or by Credit card or PayPal at http://www.rocklandgives.org. Thank you.
Rhea Vogel November 16, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The Rockland Community Foundation is responding to the needs of our residents most severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Foundation is currently taking grant applications from county based non-profit organizations and individuals for the following funds: Community Crisis Relief Fund - Individuals and non-profit organizations Active Cares Fund - Non-profit organizations only Boulders Fund - Non-profit organizations only The North Rockland Disaster Recovery Fund - Individuals and non-profit organizations Applications will be reviewed weekly, and grants made as funds are available, until further notice. Applications can be accessed via any of the following: • The Rockland Community Foundation website: www.rocklandgives.org • email: info@rocklandgives.org • phone: 845-947-286 Applications are also available at: Rockland County Town and Village Halls and at the FEMA field office at the Boulder’s Stadium in Pomona
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