We are still accepting donations at The Other Side (2011 Genesee St, across from the Uptown Theater) on Sunday 12:00 noon – 6:00pm and Monday through Friday 4:00-6:00pm every day.

We do not need clothes, except for winter coats, blankets, socks and underwear. People really need cleaning supplies, bleach, anti-bacterial hand wash, soap, boots, work gloves, shovels, rakes, socks, underwear, baby high chairs, baby car seats, baby food, baby clothes, disposable or reusable utensils and plates, batteries, toiletries, feminine products, toilet paper… and really, think of things you use on an every day basis and anything you can think of to stay warm with (hot hands, one time heating pads, etc.).

Occupy Utica members and other supporters worked at The Other Side today to accept, sort and package donations today. We started keeping inventory yesterday but there were so many donations that we couldn’t keep up. About seven of us were there today and received many clothes, including children’s clothes and winter coats, water, food, toiletries, baby food and diapers. A group of veterans from the group Forty and Eight Voiture and some friends did an incredible job getting donations and were able to fill up a large tractor trailer with supplies. They drove the shipment to the Occupy Albany headquarters today and filled up the storefront. Occupy Albany members are renting a U-Haul tomorrow morning and will bring it down to Brooklyn to different Occupy Sandy Relief centers.

Countless people showed up today, thanks to postings in the blog, on Facebook, on The Utica Phoenix website, on WKTV, word of mouth and, surprisingly, from the signs in front of The Other Side. One local resident dropped off a carload of supplies and told us that his wife is from Coney Island and his family is from Far Rockaway. Their families’ houses were destroyed and twenty relatives are staying in one apartment together. Stories of devastation and government neglect continue to pour in. We have also heard stories from loved ones on the Jersey coast and various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Staten Island and The Bronx. My mother informed me today that two of her coworkers in the city lost their homes.

Occupy Sandy Relief continues to offer support and assistance in the most neglected neighborhoods of New York City. We currently have 30 relief centers and drop off sites. We will be back at The Other Side Side from 12 noon – 6:00pm and every week day this week from 4:00 – 6:00pm. There is no shortage of things to do and we are always looking for volunteers.

If you want to donate money, please send donations to us in person (we already received $60 toward relief work and transportation costs) or donate directly to Occupy Sandy Relief. Keep in mind that the borough president of Staten Island called for a public boycott of Red Cross because they have done absolutely nothing to help Staten Island and have been pretty useless in many NY neighborhoods. The best thing about donating to Occupy Sandy Relief is that this is an all volunteer grassroots effort, there are no overhead costs, no bureaucracy and the money goes directly to relief work and helping people : https://www.wepay.com/donations/occupy-sandy-cleanup-volunteers

Also keep updated here: http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/

The struggle for relief continues.

-Brendan Maslauskas Dunn