Locals Organize Donations to Help Storm Sandy Victims

Locals Organize Donations to Help Storm Sandy Victims

Items pile up at Once Upon a Child in Danbury for Storm Sandy victims. Photo credit: Diana Maunsell

For those without power for a week or more, getting heat, lights and running water again after 7 or 8 days without, was such a blessing. And then we turned on the news we had been missing all week and saw how lucky we really are to have a home. The pictures and videos of Storm Sandy’s victims are heart wrenching– lives lost because of fallen trees, electrocution or drowning Click here to read their stories.

The first thought for many is “How can we help?” Many in Connecticut have friends and family in New York and New Jersey whose homes, businesses and neighborhoods were destroyed. On November 2, Diana Maunsell, owner of Once Upon a Child in Danbury posted the letter below on her Facebook page:

Announcing Sandy Relief Drive: 

Good Morning Friends, Fans and Greatest Customers in the World,

Like most, if not all of you, I know many people who have been hit hard or devastated by “superstorm” Sandy. I’d like to share a brief personal story and then ask you, to help us, help others in great need.

My mother owns a small bagel shop in Long Beach which was swamped by the storm. The entire island was covered by water. The first floor of her home was also filled with water. Yet, despite these challenges, she considers herself lucky. Many of her friends and neighbors weren’t so “lucky”. They lost everything.

She shared stories with me yesterday of people literally walking around begging for any assistance they could get. It’s heart-breaking.Our thoughts immediately turned to figuring out how to help. We’ve already been asked my many of you if there was something you could do to help. Our answer is to start a grass roots relief drive. It will be simple and direct. We’ll collect items at our store and then personally deliver them to Long Beach where they’ll go directly to people in immediate need. 

If you’d like to be involved, we’re collecting:

– Coats
– Blankets
– Toiletries

You can bring the items to our store during normal business hours. As we accumulate things we’ll personally drive them to Long Beach for distribution. In addition, we’ll be donating merchandise from our store for the littlest storm victims.

I’d like to personally thank all of you for your support for so many years and for making me so proud of our community. One of the most rewarding things about owning Once Upon a Child as been the opportunity to get to know so many of you and your families.

I’m proud of our community and grateful for whatever you can contribute. We also wish those of you still rebounding from the storm a complete and speedy recovery.
All my best,

Since posting this Diana said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming. She writes:

“Thank you to our friend, Peter Lerman for helping us transport donations this morning! On his way to Long Beach, Peter volunteered to fill his entire van full of our donations and drive them to the appropriate places. This enabled us to have more room in our vehicles for our 2nd delivery to Long beach tomorrow! Thank you so much Peter!  We would also like to thank our wonderful friend Sue Clearly. Sue has been supporting us 100% by helping us sort items, pick up boxes, get information, and even drive with us last minute for our first delivery. You have such a big heart Sue, thanks again! Last but not least, we would like to thank the members of the Newtown Mom’s Club for neatly boxing and sorting all of their baby food, formula, hats, gloves and wipes before bringing them in to donate! 

You guys rock! 

Items still in high demand for the hard hit  area are below and can be dropped off at Once Upon a Child, 67 Newtown Rd., right next to Wal-Mart during normal store hours:

Mon – Fri: 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

-Baby WIPES, WIPES, WIPES! These seem to be in very high demand.

-Baby formula
-Baby food in jars or pouches
-First Aid kits
-Ace bandages
-Powdered milk
-Contractor garbage bags
-Work gloves
Note: We are only accepting coats, blankets and winter PJ’s for clothing

Below are more ways locals are uniting to get help for our nearby neighbors:

Rizzuto’s Restaurant on Stony Hill Road in Bethel is assisting Hurricane Relief Organizations in the New York area and is now collecting items to be delivered to those in need. Click here for a donations supply list.

The ASCPA  has been rescuing animals throughout New York City and in parts of New Jersey that were left behind after their owners were forced to evacuate. They have also been providing pet supplies and care to Rockaway and other hard hit areas. Click here to donate.

Click here to see how you can help groomers needing assistance after Storm Sandy.

The Red Cross is asking for those wishing to help to call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. People can also send contributions to their local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Village Hardware in New Fairfield is collecting items such as coats, blankets and clothing. Drop off at the store: 1 Brush Hill Road  New Fairfield. (203) 746-9331.

Also in New Fairfield, Assistant Fire Chief  for Ball Pond, Mike O’Toole, writes on the New Fairfield Buzz Facebook page:

Let’s help those in need: Putnam Lake Fire Department’s bus is parked out front of their building, let’s fill the bus with supplies for people in Queens, Staten Island and Long Island who have lost EVERYTHING during the superstorm Sandy.

Supplies needed:

-bread/ baked goods
-bottled water/juices
-canned foods

…-baby formula, diapers, baby wipes
-paper products
-garbage bags
-cleaning supplies/products
-socksAnything will help! If you can’t make it to Putnam Lake you may drop off donations to the Ball Pond Fire Company Monday or Wednesday Night from 6-8pm.

If your church, organization or business is organizing a storm Sandy relief effort, please email details to ctbuzznews@gmail.com

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