Opportunities to help those who lost their homes and belongings abound as Westfielders organize collections for those in need.
From Danielle Bracco:
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN DROPPING THINGS OFF - WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP.... WE PACKED UP 35 BAGS LAST NIGHT TO BE TAKEN DOWN TODAY 11/6 TUES.
WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE REQUEST LIST AS UPDATED AS POSSIBLE....PLEASE SEE CHANGES TO WHAT IS BEING REQUESTED.....
Our local National Guard soldiers have been stationed down in Union Beach and other surrounding communities for the past week. After hearing the many stories, some of our Family Readiness Group community volunteers have decided to organize a community wide collection of goods that can be distributed. We are not collecting monetary donations. We will be collecting through Saturday, November 17.
We will collect, organize and transport down to the towns.
The following has been requested:
non-perishable food items (no glass please)
toiletries (toothpaste / toothbrushes / soap / etc.)
baby items (diapers / formula / wipes)
cleaning items (bleach / trash bags / gloves / dust masks / paper goods)
In addition we need the following:
Motrin / Aspirin / Tylenol
Zcap for Allergies
DROP OFF AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS IN WESTFIELD:
751 Hyslip Avenue
721 Carleton Road
787 Carleton Road
If you have any questions or need additional information please contact:
Danielle Bracco - 917-301-8751 -firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Lovato – 917-603-6862 – email@example.com
Health in Motion, located at 524 Westfield Ave., opened its door to residents Monday as a warming center and will serve as another drop-off point for those also collecting for victims in Union Beach.
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.