While power is returning to areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, the road to recovery will be long. Over the weekend it was announced that hundreds of homes in Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn will be demolished.
Although we can’t help everyone, we can do our part, and your generous donations are helping us do more. Boxes of warm clothing have been arriving from around the country!
On Friday, November 16, 2012, employees of Knitting Fever felt a little like Santa’s elves delivering more than two dozen overflowing cartons of much needed care packages to several Long Island locations that were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
We are sorting the items we receive by size and type then packaging them into manageable boxes so the staff at the care organizations can quickly distribute the items to people in need.
After packing the Knitting Fever van with warm hats, gloves and socks as well as the generous donations sent by our vast network of independent yarn shops, Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Denecke and Online Marketing Manager, Karen Klein, were well on their way.
Their first stop at the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, www.geraldryanoutreach.org/site/ in Wyandanch, was met with great appreciation by Miss Noelle, the program director.
The second stop at the Harry Chapin Food Bank at Long Island Cares, www.licares.org, in Hauppauge proved to be a very popular place. Multiple cars, trucks and vans were lined up waiting to offer donations of every sort. As fast as the donations were unloaded, they were just as quickly distributed.
Our last stop for the day was at St. Joseph’s Outreach Center in Babylon where we were anxiously met by the program’s director, Cathy Raneri.
Back at our offices, many groups such as the Guardians of Rescue, www.guardiansofrescue.org/, in Smithtown, continue to make pickups from the warehouse. Knitting Fever hopes to continue this practice for as long as we continue to collect donations from our vast network of independent yarn shops. We are working directly with established, neighborhood care organizations that have existing networks in their communities.
We have also sent care packages out to local yarn stores in New Jersey to distribute to their communities.
Hurricane Sandy affected a wide area on the East Coast. We encourage you to donate in the manner and to the organization that makes you most comfortable.
Your support is adding a bright spot to these tough times.