Here is our schedule. Today, Tuesday, November 6th, we will be accepting donations from 4:30 PM until 8 PM. The only items of clothing we are accepting at this time are blankets and winter jackets. We apologize in advance, but we are going to have to turn away all other clothing at this time. Our office will be closed on Wednesday (11/7) and Thursday (11/8).
At 6:30 PM this Friday (11/9), we will be holding a “Flashlight Vigil” for the victims of Hurricane Sandy at Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway. It’s just like a candlelight vigil except you’ll bring flashlights with fresh batteries – and after the vigil you will leave your flashlights with us to take to the people who need them. Please spread the word - and bring your flashlights Friday!
We will also be collecting other supplies at our office on Friday from 4 PM until 8 PM, and all day Saturday (11/10) from 9 AM until 5 PM. (Note: The tree has been removed, so the area is safe to congregate in).
What sort of supplies are we looking for? We’ve been talking to people on the ground in the impacted areas and they need items such as Matches, Lighters, Heavy Duty (Contractor) Garbage bags, Work Gloves, Face Masks, Flashlights, Batteries (especially C and D, but all kinds are welcome), Cleaning Supplies, Soap (Dish, Hand, etc.), Vinyl and/or Latex Gloves, Paper Towels, Shovels, Rakes, Buckets, Bottled Water, Aluminum Foil, Zip Lock Bags, and Can Openers.
As for food, donations that are ready-to-eat are fantastic. Fruit, crackers, energy bars are all good examples of that. They are in need of baby food and formula (along with diapers). And you can never go wrong with canned goods – we need lots and lots of canned goods. (And we can’t forget about our four-legged friends – pet food is needed as well).
Please bring some items off this list when you come to Woodhaven’s Flashlight Vigil on Friday and drop it off at our office nearby. We will, in turn, make sure it gets into the hands of our neighbors who need it.
Thank you to everyone who donated items and/or money. And a gigantic thank you to those who donated time and energy at our donation site and those who donated the use of their vehicles (especially with gas in short supply). You have all been fantastic.