As anticipated, we have made many connections and learned of many needs that have resulted from the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. Nothing felt quite as good as reading this note we received earlier today:
“I would like to thank you for your generosity during this past week. I was a recipient of one of the Thanksgiving dinners which was delivered on behalf of your organization through Russo’s on the Bay. The meal was delicious and I was able to share it with 3 families who were affected by super storm sandy. We even opened our door to a worker from Guatemala who has been working around the clock helping rebuild our homes one Day at a time! Your kindness and thoughtfulness has brought a smile to our faces… Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The Walters family! ”
As we finished our own last minute preparations for dinner last Thursday there was a special feeling of satisfaction knowing that many families in Broad Channel, a particularly hard-hit community bordering Jamaica Bay in Queens, New York, would enjoy a complete dinner delivered right to their door. Recipients were mostly “Vollies”, the group of volunteer firemen who have been protecting this tiny town for more than a century.
In addition to the turkey dinner, many families in Broad Channel will soon enjoy the warmth of a large shipment of space heaters that will warm their homes as electricity is restored but while furnaces are not yet replaced or in working condition.
So much more to be done, but as the writer above states…one day at a time.