The response to our clothing drive has been great!
Assessing amounts before boxing up.
Your enthusiasm and support is cheering the staff up (some of whom still don’t have power at home!).
We’re collecting warm clothing of all sizes, either store bought or hand knit/crocheted, to distribute the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We’ve asked the independently owned local yarn stores we work with (find a list here) to act as collection points so you don’t have to worry about shipping costs.
Several yarn stores that weren’t in the path of Hurricane Sandy have already informed us they are ready to send us donations. And we’ve heard from private individuals sending us donations directly as well.
Considering we only just announced this project two days ago that’s pretty awesome! You can read more about it in this blog post.
We thought it would be a good idea to let you know how we’re managing the effort so you know you’re donations are reaching the people who need them.
Each care package was filled with hats, gloves, and sock
For this first round of distribution we’ve created care packages containing:
* 1 dozen women’s gloves
* 1 dozen men’s gloves
* 1 dozen men’s hats
* 1 dozen women’s hats
* 2 dozen pairs of socks
We are distributing the items we collect in a few ways.
First, we’ve arranged to send care packages to a dozen independently owned local yarn stores in New York and New Jersey that were in the path of the storm. They will be distributing the items to people in need in their neighborhoods.
Second, we’re working with care organizations here on Long Island that have established networks in their communities. Sadly, we just have to look around us to see where help is needed.
Loading the pallets of garbage bags.
We delivered 20 boxes of 60 gallon garbage bags (which is 2,000 bags!) to the local St. Killian’s pantry to aid in the clean up effort in the Amityville area. Now that the clothing care packages are packed up we’ll be sending some of those over as well.
We looking into delivering garbage bags and clothing care packages to the Amityville Fire Department. They are hosting dinners Friday and Saturday night, which seem like good opportunities to distribute items.
St Martin of Tours Outreach program here in Amityville has also received items to distribute.
Tomorrow some employees will head out to Rockaway Beach & Staten Island, two areas that were particularly hard hit, to also distribute garbage bags & care package boxes.
Packed up and ready to go!
Once we receive your donations we’ll do it all again!
Other Ways to Help
Cash donations to your preferred charity are always a good idea. That gives the people on the ground the flexibility to respond to changing needs. (Remember, DON’T send us cash or checks! We are NOT set up to handle them. We’re just collecting warm clothing and blankets. Thanks!)
We’re hearing from many yarn stores that are planning to donate a portion of their sales this month to hurricane relief efforts. Go visit your favorite store or check their website to see if they are running a fundraising effort.
Several independent designers are donating a portion of their pattern sales this month. Check their blogs, website, or Ravelry. We posted links to a few on our Facebook page, as well.
The road to recovery is going to be long. Thanks for your support!