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video by David Irwin – filmed on November 6, 2012 at Saint Francis de Sales relief center
UPDATE: Nov. 24, 2012
The donation needs change from day to day, and nearly a month out they’ve transitioned from the immediate response to a longer-term recovery. Many residents still need essential items but the need is not as great as it was at the beginning stages of recovery.
We’re beginning to transition into that next phase on the peninsula, so please stay with us as we assess the needs.
Some people in the Rockaways have lost everything they own, but for now there are certain items that take priority over others. Please bring these items to the places listed here. We’ll keep this list as up to date as possible:
*MOST ESSENTIAL ITEMS* – Work gloves, batteries, flashlights, face masks, thick black contractor bags. THIS is the top 5 that we need right now. These need to be CLEARLY marked so that we can distribute them easily and quickly.
*MOST ESSENTIAL MEDICINE ITEMS* – Baby cough medicine, BAND-AIDS, Neosporin, Ace bandages, Advil, Tylenol. People are coming in with gashes on their legs for stuff that’s hitting them in their basements, it probably needs stitches, but who has time for stitches- and there are NO MEDICAL tents anyway! So send the above stuff, CLEARLY labeled and we can start giving people band-aids and baby cough medicine. Please mark clearly.
*CLEANING SUPPLIES* – Mops, brooms, shovels, bleach, clorox, buckets. Anything on a stick today had to be carefully rationed— obviously we need more, but there were about 10 mops today and they were like gold bricks…
*MOST ESSENTIAL FOOD ITEMS*- In addition to water we need orange Juice, Apple Juice, granola bars, powdered milk, we have tons of peanut butter, no jelly, no bread….keep the food coming,
*MOST ESSENTIAL BABY ITEMS* – MORE jars of baby food, more formula, more bottles, more WIPES. Today people were getting wipes for the first time for their kids.
*GENERAL DONATION TIPS*- Please do not use this as a time to get rid of your garbage from your apt and homes, I understand everyone is trying to help, but a bag of CDs is probably not what we need right now. The NEATER THE BETTER. The more clearly marked and neatly packaged, the better.