Updated 5:50 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9:
Patricia Dulinski of Dulinski & Liberty in Westfield shared an update on the status of items donated by the Westfield community.
"Our last U-Haul truck filled with coats, blankets, diapers, formula and other much needed supplies is on its way to the Monmouth Park Racetrack's "tent city" to give immediate comfort to our Jersey Shore neighbors who are in need," Dulinski said. "This week, we've seen first hand how the worst of times can bring out the best in people. We're sending heartfelt thanks to all of you who gave so generously!"
Updated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7:
While Patricia Dulinksi said Westfielders have been extremely generous in donating supplies that will be delivered to Staten Island today, more donations are needed, especially coats and blankets. A truck will be leaving from 226 St. Paul Street in Westfield today at 2 p.m. Any and all donations are appreciated.
Original Message From Patricia Dulinski:
My law firm, Dulinski & Liberty, LLP is located in Westfield and we are working with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation located at 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY in delivering supplies directly to the residents of Staten Island whose homes were flooded and have been without power since Sandy hit.
Among the greatest needs they have identified are the shortages of winter coats and blankets in addition to baby wipes, diapers, formula and cleaning supplies.
I spent a day there with my daughter Megan this week and there is a palpable sense of fear that the residents who have been afraid to leave their storm ravaged homes will perish in the cold this week. This is a unique organization in that they are getting donations into the hands of the residents who need it the most within hours of receiving them. Tunnel to Towers is organized and they know where help is needed most. The residents cannot wait weeks for FEMA assitance. There is an immediate turn around at Tunnel to Towers, unlike the chaos I've seen at other donation drop-off points. We want to get relief there before the next storm, hence the urgency.
We are sending U-Hauls filled with supplies to Staten Island later this evening and will send another truck to the Jersey Shore on Friday. We really need coats and blankets today. We are collecting donations at our office located at 226 St. Paul Street in Westfield.