I just got back from buying supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims with your donations. DW readers donated a total of $875, as well as purchased almost $900 worth of supplies through the Occupy Sandy Amazon wish list (I added my commission from those Amazon sales to our collection). Drew and Jackson helped, as well as our friend and neighbor, Mary, who drove us in her SUV which was, thankfully, large enough to hold everything we bought. We got so much stuff! Four overflowing cartloads of supplies, including food, feminine hygiene products, wool socks, and baby supplies. We got so many diapers, we racked up $25 in store credit, which we used to buy more stuff.
After shopping, Drew took Jackson home, and Mary and I drove to the Occupy Sandy donation hub and dropped everything off. We took the food to the kitchen where volunteers cook hot meals for people who still have no power or any way to get food on their own. And we loaded everything else into a truck that is on its way right now to people who need the supplies. How cool is that?
I feel really good about what we did together and you should too. Almost fifty of you donated cash, and countless others purchased supplies through Amazon to send to Occupy Sandy. There were a lot of $5 donations and I know for some of you, that was all you could give and for at least one person, that meant skipping lunch the day she donated. To all of you: thank you! All those donations added up and made a big difference. We did good.
Trixy Minx November 11, 2012, 1:45 pm
You are such a good person, Wendy!
Wendy November 11, 2012, 1:56 pm
Thanks, but I just did the organizing. That part was easy.
CatsMeow November 11, 2012, 2:18 pm
Awesome, Wendy! I’m proud to be a DWer! 🙂
Anna November 11, 2012, 2:21 pm
That’s so awesome!!!! I think so many of us were saying “Wow, that really sucks and I want to help but how? I’m really poor and barely making ends meet myself.” You’ve done something extraordinary by providing an outlet for those who don’t have much themselves to still be able to give whatever they can and help those who are even worse off. Thanks for the opportunity.
jlyfsh November 11, 2012, 2:28 pm
Thank you for organizing and doing all the leg work Wendy! 🙂 It’s nice that we were able to make such a big impact together.
katie November 11, 2012, 2:49 pm
Auntie Allie November 11, 2012, 5:25 pm
I’m so proud of my sister Wendy and of all of us!
Amanda November 11, 2012, 6:29 pm
Thank you Wendy! This is absolutely amazing
Wendy November 11, 2012, 6:58 pm
I forgot to mention in the post: for any single NYers who want to meet other singles — especially civic-minded, socially-conscious ones — the Occupy Sandy volunteer hub was TEEMING with young, hot people, many of whom, I’m sure, are single.
kizzy November 11, 2012, 9:53 pm
This is an amazing community. good job everyone.
Kate B. November 12, 2012, 10:33 am
SixtyFour November 12, 2012, 1:17 pm
Thanks for much for organizing this!
Addie Pray November 13, 2012, 8:55 am
Confession: I did not donate to Occupy Sandy, and I feel like a giant shit. One of those long ones, you know what I’m talking about? I hereby promise to donate to the next Do Good, Damnit drive that Wendy organizes. I’m really impressed by you guys!
Wendy November 13, 2012, 1:05 pm
But you donated $ to me to go to the movies and I THINK I’m going to go tomorrow evening!
MaterialsGirl November 13, 2012, 1:35 pm
Oo what are you going to see??
AP: you can do good by going to yoga and handing over my mug 😉
Addie Pray November 13, 2012, 1:41 pm
@Wendy, how ’bout we do this: I treat you to the movies every time you do good by organizing drives on DW. That’ll be my contribution to the good cause.
@MG, how about you come over for wine and cheese and I give you your DW mug and we call it even?
MaterialsGirl November 13, 2012, 2:16 pm
Haha there is no DW-shaming you into yoga huh 😉 well how about I let you try on fancy jewelry and have free cocktails and h’or douerves tonight instead??
Taylor November 14, 2012, 12:27 pm
Yay Wendy! Thank you for putting this thing together. Not to mix posts, but the next time you feel iffy about your household financial contributions, maybe tell yourself that because of you, people affected by Hurricane Sandy got over 1600$ worth of stuff they really needed. I would have had good intentions, but I suspect I wouldn’t have donated anything if I weren’t on this site.