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Some Ways You Can Help with Sandy Relief Efforts


Many of you know of our ties to Staten Island. It’s where AbelCine was founded, and it’s where our families live today.

Hurricane Sandy has left thousands of families displaced, as the storm ravaged the Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey shoreline communities.

So if you are looking to help out in some way, here are some outstanding ways to do so.

 

Monetary Donations

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, in conjunction with the Gary Sinise Foundation, Rudy Guliani, John Turturro and others, have created a fund specifically for Sandy relief efforts. Their donation page allows you to designate what region you would like your funds to support.

 

Donations of Goods

At the grass roots level, here are two local Staten Island organizations that have been doing an outstanding job helping families with the types of needs and one-on-one assistance that might otherwise fall through the cracks.

St Clare’s Church is based in Great Kills, within close proximity of some of the hardest hit areas.

Teddy Atlas’ Dr Theodore Atlas Foundation is a long established not-for-profit, all volunteer organization in which 100% of funds always go directly to the folks that need it the most. This year their 16th annual Teddy Dinner, Thursday from 6-11 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island, will benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Goods currently in short supply, as of Nov 12, include:

• work masks • large brooms • large contractor garbage bags
• work gloves • mops • hammers
• cleaning supplies • buckets • large shovels
• boots    • blankets • sledge hammers
• socks • baby food • tarps
• toiletries • baby clothes  • bleach
• disposable diapers • power strips • phone chargers

 

If it is easier for you to make donations to these organizations through AbelCine, we will gladly receive any of your donations at our NY facility and make sure they get forwarded to these organizations immediately. You can ship them to:

AbelCine
609 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014
Att: Pete Abel

 

Volunteering

If you want to volunteer your time in the cleanup and relief efforts, here are two organizations you can turn to.

NY Cares is well established and the city’s largest volunteer organization, running programs for non-profits, agencies and schools. The organization is posting Sandy relief projects daily all across the city that volunteers can sign up for.

Staten Island Recovers – the Occupy folks have channeled their mobilization skills towards their most important cause yet.

They have teamed up with 350.org, recovers.org, and InterOccupy.net to form Occupy Sandy, a coordinated relief effort that establishes neighborhood hubs to mobilize and deploy volunteers, and help distribute resources.

Their blogs do a great job informing volunteers on where to meet, what to bring, and what to expect once they arrive.

Thanks so much for your support,

Pete and Rich Abel

 
 

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