If you subscribe to my newsletter, you probably saw the link I included yesterday to an Amazon wish list for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Through Amazon, you can make much-needed purchases for people who are in the midst of cleaning their badly damaged homes, or people who are completely homeless now and in desperate need of basic supplies while they figure out what to do and where to go next. Your purchases are sent to a donation hub in Brooklyn (The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, to be exact) where volunteers are making daily trips to neighborhoods hardest hit by the storm. It’s a great thing and some of you already made purchases through the link I provided and I thank you for that.
But I have what I think is an even better idea. It turns out the donation hub that is accepting the purchases through that particular Amazon wish list is only about a half mile from my apartment. Instead of paying an arm and a leg for shipping, you could send me a monetary contribution and I will go buy supplies myself and deliver them to the donation center (there’s a Target on the way). I have a big cart we used to deliver donations last weekend and I would be more than happy to use it again to deliver donations from you, the DW community. This way, you don’t have to spend ten or fifteen bucks on shipping and handling. All your money, whether it’s five bucks or fifty bucks, will go toward supplies — every last penny.
There will be several thousand of you who will read this post. If even half of you donated just one dollar, we could get so many supplies and really make a difference for people who are so desperate for help just getting through each day. The election, which may have distracted some people, is over, but the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy are still very, very much present. Thousands of people are still without power, heat, a bed to sleep on, and food to eat. Thousands of people have months of hard work ahead as they dig what’s left of their belongings out of the rubble left by the storm. We’ve got another storm heading for our very region later today, and, of course, winter is just around the corner which will make the situation even graver.
Please help if you can. Even a buck can make a difference. If you paypal your donations to [email protected] with the word “SANDY” in the subject line, I will use your contribution to buy supplies and deliver them personally to the donation hub where volunteers will then drive them to affected neighborhoods.
I’ll leave the drive open through midnight EST, this Saturday night (11/10), and will shop and deliver the goods on Sunday (with the help of Drew and any other neighbor friends who might want to pitch in). I’ll take photos of the supplies so you can see what your money bought (and if possible, I’ll even try to get an itemized receipt and take a photo of that, too). To read more about Occupy Sandy, the organization accepting and delivering donations, click here. The location I’ll be taking donations to is 520 Clinton.
Thank you so much for your help! We can make a difference.
jlyfsh November 7, 2012, 12:15 pm
This is so great Wendy! I wish I could donate more, but I will make a donation before Saturday. Thank you for doing this!!
Amanda November 7, 2012, 12:16 pm
Donated! Thanks for doing this Wendy!
Wendy November 7, 2012, 12:31 pm
GatorGirl November 7, 2012, 12:45 pm
Wendy this is off topic but the little log in thing for the forums isn’t showing up on the side bar. It says “webpage can not be found” on my computer. It’s possible it’s just me, but thought you might like the heads up.
I’ll be donating once I get paid Friday! Thanks for doing the leg work!
JK November 7, 2012, 12:54 pm
It wasnt working for me on IE, but I can see it fine on Chrome. 🙂
Wendy November 7, 2012, 1:18 pm
Hmm, weird. Anyone else having this issue? Thanks for letting me know. I’ll look into it as soon as I can.
ScrambledMegss November 7, 2012, 1:30 pm
Same here. It’s fine on Chrome but I get the error on IE.
Wendy November 7, 2012, 1:38 pm
Is this a new thing or has it always been that way?
ScrambledMegss November 7, 2012, 1:45 pm
Definitely a new thing for me – I generally only use IE at work and have never had trouble logging on before. Can’t say for sure when it started though!
JK November 7, 2012, 1:50 pm
It just started for me today, a couple of weeks ago it happened for a few days as well.
GatorGirl November 7, 2012, 1:51 pm
Just started this morning and I use IE.
Wendy November 7, 2012, 2:03 pm
Thanks, I’m looking into it now.
Anna November 7, 2012, 12:48 pm
Awesome idea! I’m glad I was able to help.
kerrycontrary November 7, 2012, 12:58 pm
Couldn’t give much, but every little bit helps. This is a GREAT idea, Wendy.
Taylor November 7, 2012, 1:01 pm
Terrific idea Wendy, thanks for helping us help =)
MissDre November 7, 2012, 1:02 pm
Sent you some $$$ Wendy 🙂
shorelinelove November 7, 2012, 1:19 pm
I saw this in the newsletter – such a great idea I shared the link on my facebook and purchased some “wedding registry” items. What a great way to give the items most needed asap 🙂 Thanks for posting this!
bethany November 7, 2012, 1:22 pm
ScrambledMegss November 7, 2012, 1:24 pm
Donated! Thanks Wendy, glad I could help!
Wendy November 7, 2012, 1:38 pm
Big thanks to the Canadians in the house! The donations that have come directly to me have so far have all been from Canadians. You guys are awesome.
(And, of course, thanks to everyone else who may be donating through the Amazon link, which is also great!).
Wendy November 7, 2012, 1:39 pm
Ok, now some US dollars are coming in. Still, big love to Canada for helping your neighbors to the south!
MissDre November 7, 2012, 1:43 pm
YaY Canada 🙂
ScrambledMegss November 7, 2012, 1:46 pm
Happy to help! 🙂
the_optimist November 7, 2012, 2:02 pm
Sent! Wendy, thank you, this is awesome and maybe see you Saturday as we’ll likely be lending a hand at that location.
Wendy November 7, 2012, 2:15 pm
We’ll be stopping by on Sunday, actually, after I close the drive and hit Target to pick up supplies.
the_optimist November 7, 2012, 2:26 pm
Sorry. I rocked reading comprehension in grammar school, I swear!
Wendy November 7, 2012, 2:17 pm
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. We’re already up to $115. Can we get to $500? That would buy a lot of diapers and cleaning supplies and canned food and blankets!
landygirl November 7, 2012, 2:27 pm
I’ll donate on Friday after I get paid. My bank account is just an echo chamber at the moment.
rangerchic November 7, 2012, 2:30 pm
I would love to donate but I don’t have PayPal. Is there another way to donate? Maybe the Amazon thing? I can’t donate much right now but would like help out a little.
Wendy November 7, 2012, 2:46 pm
See my comment below.
stickelet November 7, 2012, 2:36 pm
Same here. I’d love to donate but also don’t have PayPal. I was planning to buy stuff from the Amazon link on Friday, so if paypal is the only option, I can still do that instead.
Wendy November 7, 2012, 2:46 pm
Absolutely, you can donate through the Amazon link if you don’t have paypal (or even if you do!). I was just trying to make it easier for people who didn’t want to pay for shipping and handling or maybe couldn’t afford to purchase anything on the list.
stickelet November 7, 2012, 2:57 pm
Ok, I’ll just stick with my Amazon donation. Great idea Wendy! Can’t wait to see the photo of all the stuff the donations bought.
Kate B. November 7, 2012, 2:52 pm
Done. Wish I could give more, but things are tight just now.
atrip November 7, 2012, 2:54 pm
donated! but I wasn’t able to see anywhere to put Sandy in the title…did it through support dearwendy
Wendy November 7, 2012, 3:00 pm
Oh, just got it and wasn’t sure. Will add to the collection. Thank you!
Wendy November 7, 2012, 3:07 pm
Over $200 now! Thanks, and keep it coming if you can! I’ve received lots of $5 donations (in addition to larger sums), which is great. Together, they will buy a big box of diapers for a family who greatly needs them. A few more $5 donations and we can buy a a big box of baby wipes to go along with them. And a few more $5 after that will buy some wool blankets to help keep people warm on these upcoming frigid nights (it just started snowing here!). Thank you, everyone! This is warming my heart.
karenwalker November 7, 2012, 3:14 pm
I donated from the registry – batteries, wipes, a hammer, and a patio stove! I also put your referral link on Facebook and in a group email my dad started about the election so hopefully you’ll be getting some commission money you can use to donate more soon!
Wendy November 7, 2012, 3:27 pm
That’s great, thanks!!
quixoticbeatnik November 7, 2012, 3:40 pm
Just sent you a paypal donation! I’ve never emailed someone with money through paypal before, it was interesting! Thanks for being so awesome!
Wendy November 7, 2012, 4:02 pm
We’re up to $300 now! Thanks for the continued donations. It takes a while for me to get email notifications of your donations, so if you aren’t getting a personal thank you from me right away, that’s why.
Scarfy November 7, 2012, 4:45 pm
Thanks for posting this wendy! I’ve been looking for a way to help, but I’m wary of the Red Cross. I went ahead and used the Amazon link to send them some blankets as I wanted them to get exactly what they needed.
Wendy November 7, 2012, 5:23 pm
Tristy November 8, 2012, 7:58 am
I just sent you a payment, Wendy! This was my 1st ever paypal transaction 🙂
Wendy November 8, 2012, 8:27 am
titian November 8, 2012, 11:27 am
Great idea! Glad to help!
Michele November 8, 2012, 1:24 pm
Just sent my donation! Thanks for doing this Wendy!!