Hurricane Sandy sucks, downstate is a mess, and many of us with hearts and consciences want to do our part to help. So rather than twiddling my thumbs and hoping someone else takes care of it, I’m stepping up.
Sandy, you tramp! You messed up so much stuff.
I’m starting a relief drive for people affected by Hurricane Sandy in NYC and Long Island.
The project is tentatively called, “Stampede of Love.” Because it’s coming from Buffalo. Get it? I’m so witty.
Facade collapse on a building in Alphabet City – what a nightmare.
This ain’t a 501c3 and I’m not creating an official organization. If you trust me at my word, and I hope you will, let’s do this and help out some folks who really really need it. Money, nonperishable food, WINTER CLOTHES, and any and all transportable household items are welcome. I’m willing to physically collect items people are interested in donating, I’m also willing to be the hub for fiscal donations and see to it that 100% of monies collected go to this effort. The ONLY thing (other than handing it directly over to a reputable shelter and/or organization down state) that I’d use money collected on is potentially a U-haul or trailer should we get that much stuff donated. I’m assuming and hoping what we gather will fit in a large SUV, which I plan to rent out-of-pocket as part of this effort.
Today is Wednesday… ideally, I’d love to get to NYC this weekend. I don’t think that’s quite possible though, and so I’m aiming for a trip in about ten days time, the second weekend in November. If anyone is interested in helping with that aspect of this whole project, please let me know.
Massive storm surge is the culprit for tons of damage.
Can you even imagine? Such devastation.
I’m interested in collecting goods at my home, or we can meet up in the Walmart parking lot in Fredonia. I’ll be in North Buffalo for a good while on Saturday. And well, otherwise, just hit me up and we’ll figure something out. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I look forward to hearing from you.
Here’s a copy of the post that just went live on Craig’s List
Hi CL Buffalo,
My name is Rose. I live in Fredonia / Sheridan now, but I grew up in Florida. If there’s one thing I know – it’s how terrible hurricanes are, and how LONG and intense the clean-up and get-your-life back process is. NO ONE CAN DO IT ALONE. My husband and I have lots of family and friends who’ve been affected by Hurricane Sandy down state, in NJ, Rhode Island and elsewhere. We think as fellow New Yorkers, we should and could help out those in the NYC/Long Island area. Thousands of people are homeless and living in shelters, everything they own = destroyed.
We’re going to start with sending money, but the need for household items and clothing is incredible. It’s chilly out, y’all, and some people have lost every scrap of winter clothing they owned. I am interested in driving down with some donated items. Maybe not this weekend, but in about ten days? People will still need things then, that’s for sure. If there was anyone else in the area of WNY interested in volunteering to drive the stuff down (instead of me and my hubs going) – I’d be MORE THAN WILLING to help you organize the clothing and donation drive, as well as donate gas money.
I have no desire in creating an official organization – this is all honor system, y’all. 100% of anything I get will go downstate to those in need. I’m working with some orgs in NYC to find out the areas of greatest need. WNY is full of huge hearts and generous people. Let’s do the right thing and help where we can. Wanna know more about who I am? Check out http://www.happyhippierose.com – it’s my personal blog. You’ll see I’m just a silly, albeit very honest and nice person, and I just want to help. We have a lot of family on Long Island and in the city, and it’s just been awful seeing the devastation.
If you want to donate clothing, household goods, food, whatever, contact me: happy hippie rose (AT) g mail (dot) com – and we can go over drop offs and pick ups. I’m in Chautauqua County now, yes – but have plans to be in North Buffalo Saturday during the day. We can make other arrangements as need be.
ANY AND ALL MONETARY DONATIONS MADE TO < happyhippierose @ gmail .com > via paypal will go to shelters and/or the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy help efforts. Again, honor system here. If you don’t trust me, don’t give. If you want to help, this is a quick and easy way.
Once the ball gets rolling I will update more with specifics. I’ll also use my blog to coordinate things. THANK YOU ALL – have a safe and Happy Halloween, All Saints Day, and God Bless.
I really just want to do the best I can to help. This storm was awful and came at such a terrible time of year – less than two months ’till Christmas / Hanukkah, and worse than that: it’s COLD out up here. People need protective clothing and their homes.
Any and all support is welcome, even if it’s just wishing me luck.
Thanks for reading! XOXO, HHR