After several failed attempts at finding places to volunteer, my husband and I headed out to Staten Island with a carful of necessities (packages of socks, gloves, hats, industrial strength trash bags, paper towels, etc.).
We didn't really have a plan, a group to join once we got there or even a specific organization to team up with. We just wanted to help in any way we could.
Upon arriving to the New Dorp/Midland Beach area, we found what worked for us. We carried as much as we could and simply started walking the streets, offering everything we had to anyone we saw. Our items went quickly and we made several trips back and forth to our car.
We returned the very next day after work and did the same thing. I was able to snap some photos with my phone although the devastation can't really be captured. What we saw was unimaginable damage.
Here's some info I've learned through my experience over the past few days and helpful links I've found...
*What we found to be the most needed (and appreciated) items:
- socks!!! (new)
- gloves (work/rubber/cold weather)
- beanies/skull caps/cold weather hats
- industrial strength trash bags
- cleaning supplies (windex/mops/all-purpose/etc)
- toiletries (toothpaste/tooth brushes/feminine products/shampoo/soap/etc)
*Donation centers are OVERWHELMED with clothes!!!! We drove by a parking lot that was just filled with bags of clothes.
*People need help cleaning and removing things from their basements and homes. Dress comfortably and head out with a shovel to help someone! Some elderly people could really use the help!
Links to helpful info/ways you can contribute:
Doesn't matter what you do, just do what you can! Donating your time is sometimes worth more than donating money! Let's do this...let's rebuild NY & NJ!!!