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Greenpoint Responds to Hurricane Sandy

The Greenpoint Reformed Church‘s volunteers prepared more than 1,000 bag lunches over the weekend, on top of thousands of meals prepared by the Church’s volunteers throughout the week as a relief effort for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The volunteers of the weekly Wednesday hot meal at the Church’s Soup Kitchen led the organizing of up to 60 simultaneous volunteers preparing lunches and hot meals. Bag lunches included peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, juice, chips, cookie or granola bar, and fruit. The lunches were provided to Greenpoint’s Church of the Ascension on Java Street, where Councilmember Steve Levin has been coordinating drop-off donations and deliveries to Red Hook, Coney Island and Gerritsen Beach.

Many of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods are reeling in the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. The city itself, without having done door-to-door inquiries, admits 40,000 – 50,000 people will need shelter. (In addition to the already 30,000 people homeless in the city on any given night.) Reuters quoted Mayor Mike Bloomberg as stating that, “We don’t have a lot of empty housing in this city. It’s a problem to find housing.” This despite homeless advocacy group Picture the Homeless’ findings that there are enough vacant properties in the city to easily house over 200,000 people, and then some. Continue reading

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Donation/Volunteer Opportunities for Sunday: CALL AHEAD & Don’t Raid Your Closets! Boxes Needed!

Information from The Brooklyn Kitchen Website:

The Brooklyn Kitchen is No Longer accepting donations and no longer needs volunteers.

(If you are a collection or DROPOFF POINT/COLLECTION CENTER  The Brooklyn Kitchen may be able to promote your location to volunteers and cars/drivers. Please e-mail hurricanehelp (at) thebrooklynkitchen.com with your location and phone number and we will add you to this site, and try to hook you up with volunteers, cars and trucks.)

*** CLOTHING DONATIONS ARE NOT NEEDED ANYWHERE ***

MOST NEEDED ITEMS:

– cardboard boxes, tape, batteries, flashlights, baby formula and diapers, cleanup supplies, sanitary supplies/toiletries, garbage bags, blankets, canned/stable food and water.

• Call first to make sure your destination is still accepting donations.

• LOCATIONS ACCEPTING DONATIONS AS OF SUNDAY 11/4: (CALL AHEAD)

  • Church of the Ascension, 122 Java St., Greenpoint, 917-885-3096
  • American Legion, 519 Leonard St., Now-11pm Sat., 11a-7p Sun, (718) 383-9822
  • Greenhouse Holistic yoga studio at 783 Driggs (@ S. 4th) 718-384-9454
  • Malin Landaeus, 155 N6th St., 10:30am-9pm, 646.361.0261
  • ESP TV, 141 S. 5th St., 646-684-5494
  • LIC Market, 21-52 44th Drive  Long island city, NY 11101, (718) 361-0013
  • MOST Brooklyn Industries Stores, collecting this weekend,  512-461-1591
  • Pilgrim Surf Supply 68 N 3rd St.Brooklyn, NY 11211,  (718) 218-7456

• VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

• CAR/GAS DONATIONS:

  • Call any of the numbers from the “SUPPLIES TO DONATE” list above. Any/all of them may need cars to transport their collected donations.
  • Assemblyman Michael Miller’s office needs cars and trucks (with fuel!) to shuttle supplies from their office on out to several distribution points in the Rockaways. You can contact them directly at 718-805-0950.
  • We cannot stress enough that you ought to have plenty of gas in the tank before considering contributing your car. Even the local trips.
  • For anyone thinking of driving directly to the Rockaways:  Please remember that it’s a mess out there. There is debris in the road; stuff everywhere. Most cell service is out. If you get a flat tire, etc., you’re on your own. Everyone wants to help and your hearts are in the right place. Make sure your mind is in the right place too. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Love you guys!  Hope that wasn’t too harsh!

• HAVE A CAR WITH SUPPLIES & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO DELIVER?

  • If you have a full load of supplies and don’t know where to take them, here are some options. Be sure to CALL FIRST to make sure you have what they need.
  • Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 10am-8pm: Drop off materials at 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven, NY 11421. For questions about the donation drive, please call Assemblyman Mike Miller’s office at 718-805-0950. Miller’s office is distributing goods specifically to several locations in the Rockaways.

  • Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 10am-8pm: Drop off  at 80-00 Cooper Avenue (the former Borders Bookstore site). For questions about the donation drive, please call Council Member Elizabeth Crowley’s office at 718-366-3900. (via Bill DiBlasio)

  • The Red Cross is operating a donation point at Resort World Casino (Aqueduct Racetrack), accepting many types of donations. Click through for directions, needs list, hours and contact information. Goods donated to the Red Cross may be used locally in Howard Beach and the Rockaways, or may be sorted and sent to other areas of need in the region. (via NYPD Community Affairs <– link)

  • Same message as before: For anyone thinking of driving directly to the Rockaways:  Please remember that it’s a mess out there. There is debris in the road; stuff everywhere. Most cell service is out. If you get a flat tire, etc., you’re on your own. Everyone wants to help and your hearts are in the right place. Make sure your mind is in the right place too.

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Finding Words: On #Sandy: From Father Merz’s latest “In Touch” – Ascension Church

On #Sandy: From Fr. Merz’s latest “In Touch” – Please read and consider sharing:

“I think it is worthwhile to appreciate how dis/reorienting events like these can be for each us, these cataclysms. They may remind us of the contingency and frailty of human life and that our anchors of security are finally without weight. Along with this present event–the fact of Sandy– other distant pains and memories seemingly unrelated may be dredged up to the surface of our consciousness. All this points toward death as reality and signifier of all we are and know, and that in time, all life, all stasis must, will and does end. Somewhere in the disorienting haze of such a basic human awareness floats the strange and almost absurd sign of the cross, the Sign of Jonas.
3 days. The 3 faces of time. Past Future and Eternity. The bones of this idea are displayed in the Gospels in that ineluctable march of Jesus and his band of happy fools lurching toward Calvary and they receive flesh when we live with soulful love, even in the midst of our current blindness. There is togetherness and connection; loss, betrayal and death; finally that mystery of deeper being and life we so blithely tame and name as Easter. We are being conformed to this reality day by day.

Keep reaching out and find ways to help and pray for those who suffer any need.”

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