|Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #289
Neighbors Helping Neighbors - Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort
Please circulate to your friends, neighbors, business associates
GPBA President Arlene Harrison with Calvary-St. George's Rev. Jacob Smith and Mark Tenniswood,
who are joining in the effort of sending critical supplies to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Thanks to the generosity of our friends and neighbors, Calvary-St. George's Church was filled with thousands of boxes/bags of supplies, whose distribution will be completed today.
Why We Need Financial Support Now
The recovery from Hurricane Sandy will be long (i.e. World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina) and what is needed will change over time.
We are working round the clock with local first responders who have reached out to command centers citywide on a daily basis to assess specific needs. Together with Police Academy recruits and 15 police vans, we have a highly-organized distribution system to get critical supplies directly into the hands of those in need.
It is our mission to be there for our neighbors for as long as it takes. We were there distributing supplies during the nor'easter while FEMA and the Red Cross deserted operations "due to the weather."
Almost two weeks later, hundreds of thousands remain without power and heat, are cold, worn out and frustrated. Many, who have been away from their homes since day one, are returning today, and thousands no longer have homes to return to.
As the cleanup and rebuilding continues, substantial funds will be needed to purchase supplies in bulk at much lower prices (i.e. Lowes, Home Depot, wholesalers).
The GPBA is a 501(c) non-profit and donations are tax-deductible.
Our GPBA Relief Effort - Update
Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens
Working directly with our local first responders, we sent 15 NYPD vans packed with critical supplies directly to those in need in Midland Staten Island, Red Hook and Coney Island Brooklyn, Breezy Point Queens and other areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
We sent supplies to East 6th St. Community Center for our neighbors (many still without heat/hot water), who live in low-income housing projects on the Lower East Side, and in the East Village.
We sent two pickup trucks packed with supplies to the Cecil Hotel (118th St) and Kenmore Hall (23rd St). When the Kenmore lost power and evacuated elderly/chronically ill residents dependent on medical equipment to the Cecil (low-income residence for elderly, disabled, chronically ill), the Cecil sent supplies and food to the Kenmore and exhausted their resources. We replenished supplies in both residences.
We need your help going forward.