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Old November 7th, 2012, 05:01 PM
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The Rockaways - Part 1

Here's a report I posted on ADV Rider (just in case you plan on donating to the folks in the Rockaways).

Last weekend I asked my wife what she wanted for her birthday (her birthday is Nov 6) and she told me she didn't want a gift, instead she wanted to take a ride to the Rockaways and drop off supplies and volunteer. GREAT cause I didn't know what to get her and I didn't want to spend any $$$



So we took off to Astoria where we picked up some donations Astoria Recovers (https://astoria.recovers.org/) had collected for the folks in the Rockaways. The donations were dropped off at a gym (Matrix Gym) and we packed them into our truck and headed to the Rockaways.

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Traffic was pretty bad on the Van Wyck and on Cross Bay Blvd. If you plan on heading down you might want to take Flatbush Ave to the Marine Parkway Bridge.

Every where you looked there was sand and debris, no streets or houses were spared.
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We headed to the rendezous point at Beach 113rd street. The National Guard was there giving out water and blankets.

When we pulled into the donation are all we saw was a bunch of clothes on the ground and nobody organizing the distribution. We decided not to drop off our supplies in the parking lot, instead we started to clean the area.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2...D720/ry%3D480/

After we finished cleaning a bit we opened the tailgate on the truck and layed out the contents of the bags. People we very happy to come over and pick out coats that weren't on the ground, a few even mentioned they felt so ashamed going thru the clothes on the ground. They might have lost their homes and all their stuff but there is no reason they should lose their dignity.
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Our food and other supplies was distributed to people standing in line.
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As we were about to leave a young lady from the mayor's office asked us if we could bring back bags of clothes to the Salvation Army on West 46th Street in the city. We obviously said yes and proceeded to load the bags into the Rangie. Right as we are pulling out of the parking lot another young lady asked us if we could give her a ride into Brooklyn or Manhattan. She was a journalist for a Canadian newspaper who worked out of their office at Times Square. So we gave her ride into the city and then dropped off the clothes at the Salvation Army.

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If you plan on donating stuff just remember that they DO NOT need more clothes other than hats, socks, gloves and warm jackets. T-shirts and shorts and dress shoes aren't needed.

Items needed:

Flashlights
Gas
Candles
Batteries
Diapers
Blankets
Toiletries
Latex gloves
Cleaning products
Large garbage bags
Food - tuna, pop tarts, etc - stuff you don't need a stove to cook on or a can opener
Remember, they do not have electricity and probably won't have it for another month (hopefully less). They don't have were to wash their clothes.

It would be nice if we could organize a motorcycle convoy and pick up supplies from Astoria and disitrbute them ourselves instead of just dropping them off. We spoke with a few people in the area and they were happy to speak to folks other than Red Cross personnel or other organizations.

Maybe we could even do a tailgate thing and cook some burgers or hot dogs..... there are soo many things we can do to help these folks.

BTW, Roy has been doing an excellent job with his group in Battery Park City getting supplies and help to the folks on Staten Island. Thanks Roy!!!

I'll shut up now and get back to watching the snowfall.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Great story John, and thanks to you and your wife for your efforts!
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Old November 7th, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Great story John! Reminds me of the time we did something similar downtown NYC on Sep 12, 2001. Was that Miriam on the pic by the tailgate? Awesome looking rangie btw, do you still have the disco?
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