Donation drop-off hours at The Other Side (2011 Genesee St, across from the Uptown Theater) are Monday through Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
WE NO LONGER NEED GENERAL CLOTHING SUPPLIES
Supplies we need:
– baby items (clothes, diapers, wipes, formula, food), disposable cameras (for insurance claims of destroyed houses), cleaning supplies and materials, work gloves, food, water, batteries, blankets, candles, flashlights, lights, gloves and masks, rubber boots, shovels, bleach, trash bags, serving dishes and utensils, anything that produces heat, winter wear (jackets, hats, gloves, warm items)
We will send another truckload directly down to NYC mid-week.
We had another great day with many volunteers coming, donation drop-offs and people coming to talk about the hurricane disaster, Occupy’s response and climate justice. We spent the whole day sorting through items, boxing them and preparing them for a planned mid-week trip down to NYC. Occupy Albany, Occupy Sandy Relief and others have been incredibly grateful for the first truckload that already made it to the city.
Many of us continue to keep in touch with Occupy Sandy Relief volunteers and organizers on the ground. I talked to Shyam Khanna, who acted as the volunteer coordinator for one of four Occupy Sandy Relief centers in Red Hook, Brooklyn the other day. He talked about how the city government is still clueless as to how to respond to the disaster and actually sat down with Occupy organizers in red Hook the other day to get advice from THEM on how to respond to the disaster. So many volunteers showed up in Red Hook that some had to be turned away to other relief centers. So far there are 49 Occupy Sandy Relief centers and drop-off sites in the city and quite a few springing up in New Jersey.
We continue to hear stories about those still without power and heat. Between 30,000-40,000 at least are expected to become internally displaced citizens and civilians. Power will not be on in weeks and the weather is getting colder. The US government, FEMA and Red Cross are still largely absent from many neighborhoods.
We will continue with daily updates. We will happily accept donations to cover truck rental and fuel/toll cost downstate. This can be dropped off on site.
You are also encouraged to donate to Occupy Sandy Relief efforts. Be satisfied in knowing that none of your funds will go to bloated salaries, supporting a bureaucracy or overhead costs. It all goes to provide supplies and services to people in need on the streets of New York and New Jersey.
For social, economic and climate justice!
Brendan Maslauskas Dunn