I'm passing along the following info, which was provided by Nina Callaway, your Guide to weddings at About.com.
"I located a grassroots organization that has the capacity to accept mailed donations and is a long-term operation. (Many of the distribution centers are temporary, so I didn't want to give you an address that wouldn't work by the time readers sent blankets etc.)
Coney Island Generation Gap.
2904 Neptune Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224
tel: (718) 975-0447.
Pamela Harris, President.
I spoke to Pamela Harris this evening, she said they'd be happy to accept and distribute blankets, and that they have an additional warehouse location in case there are many donations coming in. They also have the advantage of being in the affected area, so the gas shortage shouldn't stop them from getting the supplies."
In the first days after the storm, the requests were very general - people needed anything you could give. Now, as donations have poured in, the requests have gotten more specific. We still need blankets and warm coats, hats, and gloves. Please don't send other clothing as it has come in faster than people can sort/distribute it and displaced people don't have anywhere to store it. There is still some need for flashlights and batteries, as there are still many neighborhoods/buildings without power. However, we now also need cleanup supplies, specifically hand Sanitizer, bleach, laundry detergent, soaps, sponges, industrial brooms, shovels, mops, buckets, trash cans, garbage bags (heavy duty), gloves (rubber and work gloves), sanitizer wipes, face masks, and Lysol spray. "
Thanks for the info, Nina. Much appreciated! I will be sending some love to Brooklyn ASAP! For those of you who are inclined to help, that is one possible place you could send donations; if you are moved to help "Superstorm Sandy's" victims in Haiti, you can scroll down for info and links about how you can get involved in that as well.10/28/2012
As I sit here, stressing out on behalf of my friends and colleagues who are directly in Hurricane Sandy's path, it occurs to me that there are things I could be doing to help -- instead of just sitting here worrying, which helps nobody.
What I Am Doing, and What You Can Do Too.
There are a couple of things I decided to get started on. One is posting about resources for crocheters who want to help Hurricane Sandy's victims, but don't know how exactly to go about it. We can crochet dozens (or hundreds) of blankets, but that doesn't help unless we can actually get them to the people who need them...
...And the other thing I am doing is getting out my crochet hooks and yarn to get started on some projects to donate. Not only does crocheting calm my nerves at times like this, but it also makes me feel better knowing that I can provide warmth in the form of blankets, hats and scarves for people who may be in urgent need of them shortly.
If you're going to join the efforts, please feel free to use any of our free crochet patterns:
Helping Haiti's Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Cleveland.com is reporting the extent of the damage that Haiti suffered from Hurricane Sandy. It's upsetting to think that Haiti has been hit with yet another natural disaster so soon after the January 12, 2010 earthquake that caused such devastation.
After the 2010 earthquake, crocheters, knitters and crafters stepped in with handmade blankets to offer the earthquake victims. One of the organizations our readers worked with at that time was Love a Child, a Christian ministry that already had an established presence in Haiti at the time the earthquake hit.
I just took a quick look at Love a Child's website, and it appears that they are again stepping in to help with disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. So if y'all already have newly-made, never-used blankets and such on hand, this organization is one possible place you could consider sending them.
I collected a bunch of links that you might want to take a look at regarding this charity. It includes links to their website, their ratings with independent watchdog organizations such as Charity Navigator, and the like. Here's the link: Love a Child Charity Profile.
I'm off to scour the Internet for more information. I'm specifically looking for info about ways that crocheters can help -- by donating hand-crocheted items such as blankets, afghan squares, granny squares, scarves, hats, etc. If you know of any trustworthy and reputable organizations that accept such donations and effectively distribute them to people who need them, you are invited to post about them in the comments section below.