Hurricane Sandy has blown itself out, the holidays are on their way, thoughts are turning to pumpkin pie and gifts and family . . . but what about all those families – parents, children, grandparents, furry friends – whose lives and homes have been destroyed by Sandy?  This picture was taken for Greenpeace on the New Jersey shore.  Those families are still very much in need, they will not be enjoying the comfort of home for the holidays.  So, what can you do to help?  Well, let me tell you.

Art is . . . You Art Retreats is rallying the artistic community and its supporters to lend a hand.  YOU can help.  Art is . . .You is working with the charity Family to Family to help raise funds through the artistic community to provide food and home comforts to displaced families.  I have included a message from Family to Family Executive Director Pam Koner below.  Click on the Art is . . . You image and it will take you to the website where you can donate.

There’s a bonus in donating through this channel!  Every person who donates will be entered into a draw to win some beautiful and fantastic art prizes donated by artists in support of the cause.  What are you waiting for?  Get clicking!

A special Message from Pam Koner,
Executive Director of Family to Family

Good evening all…..

A triage system is underway right now, with community leaders and outreach workers necessarily focusing on the immediate problems of housing, warmth and food.

It’s a slow process gathering the individual families (as I mentioned in an earlier email), since many are temporarily out of the area since their homes are gone or flooded… our goal is to be there for the longer run for these families, not just in the coming days, but in the critical upcoming period as they start to rebuild their lives.  We’ll keep you updated with our progress as more information comes in.

We learned that at least for today, both UPS and FedEx have suspended deliveries to many of the affected areas, including the Rockaways and Breezy Point.  If you ship anything through one of these carriers, be aware that it probably will take a few extra days to get things delivered.

We also just got this word: “PLEASE..NO MORE CLOTHES!!! WE DON’T HAVE AWAY TO SORT AND DISTRIBUTE THE VOLUME THAT’S COMING IN!!!!”

So please…if you are going to send anything…..send blankets, space heaters (new)!! winter gloves, diapers, batteries, face masks, laundry detergent, new socks and new packs of underwear in all sizes  for men and women.

For food items….cans of soup (easy to heat and eat)  would be perfect…and  don’t  forget a can opener!! 🙂

Please email us at moreinfo@family-to-family.org to tell us what you’ve sent.

All items can be mailed to:

Rev. John Rocco Carlo
Christian Pentecostal Church
900 Richmond Rd.
Staten Island, N.Y. 10304

The Broad Channel Vol. Fire Dept.
Attn: Tracy Moccio
15 Noel Road
Broad Channel, N.Y. 11693

 Councilman James Sanders, Jr.
Attn: Steve Behar
1526 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway, N.Y. 11691

The Catholic Club
Attn: Keir Johnson
204-10 Rockaway Point Blvd.
Rockaway Point, N.Y. 11697

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
Attn: Samantha Casolari
302 Beach 87th St.
Rockaway Beach, N.Y. 11693

Knights of Columbus, Council #126
Attn: Eddie Velinskie
3051 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11229

Also, we received this request today…..

“My friend, Lynda Collins is president of the Home & School Association at St. Rose of Lima in Rockaway, in Rockaway Beach, NY. Many schools were affected by Hurricane Sandy. They are hoping to have the kids back in school ASAP.  Lynda is asking that as many people as possible mail a welcome back card to the school. St. Rose of Lima School, 154 Beach 84th Street Rockaway Beach, NY 11693. They will hang these cards for all the children and leave them until every child who has been forced to move or is displaced is back together under one roof. Donations are also accepted! Thanks everyone – every little bit helps.”

Last, daily we are adding on new “on the ground” partners….who are taking our help gladly, and we anticipate we will have many families registering with us for help.

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