Wellesley resident with New York roots collecting clothes for Hurricane Sandy/fire victims

From a Wellesley resident with roots at Breezy Point, N.Y., who is collecting children’s clothing for displaced families:
 
I am organizing a children’s clothing drive for the families of Breezy Point, NY devastated by what is now know to be the worst fire in New York history. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and my family has spent summers at Breezy since the late 1960s, my mother still attends Sunday mass at St. Genevieve’s parish during the summer months. Breezy Point is a mostly Irish Catholic, blue-collar family community, many of its year-round residents are firefighters, police and EMS workers, so many were first responders on 9/11. These are good hard-working salt-of-the-earth families. Last Monday night, 100 plus homes burned to the ground during Hurricane Sandy.
 
I am collecting clean bagged children’s clothing marked with age/size and gender, winter clothing (including outerwear) desperately needed. Please drop-off any donations at my home: 1 Dearborn St. (on the corner of Route 9), at or in the garage (doors will be open). I will be accepting donations Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Your donations will be delivered to either the Silver Gull Beach Club at Breezy Point or to St. Bernadette’s Church in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn. Please help.
 
Warmest thanks, Amy (Coletti) Demma
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18 Comments

  1. Amy Demma
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Sounds like an amazing effort, Gail. Hope you will e-mail me with the website. Best wishes to you and your daughter and all that will benefit from your generous hearts!!

  2. Gail Hornsby
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I am working on having as many people as possible knit, or crochet scarves for victims of Sandy. I live in Santa Fe, NM, my daughter in law who lives in Jersey City is helping by building a site where we can ask for people to make the scarves. They can be made quickly and simply and also look beautiful for those who need them. I have been all over the web this morning. I have given to the red cross, but am never completely sure how much will be given directly to those in need. I am very glad to start with Breezy Point, if you can help me. I am trying not go completely crazy with this, so had decided on Breezy Point, Hoboken and Staten Island. Can you help with Breezy Point? And where to whom I might go for the other areas? Thanks so much – Gail

  3. Amy Demma
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    You go, Kate!!!! I’ll report back to you all when I return Monday evening. Kate, will share any pertinent information about getting out to and dropping off at Silver Gull!!!! This community will come back better than ever (they’ve rebounded before, although certainly not from this degree of devastation).

    Warmest, Amy

  4. Kate Sheehan
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Amy, this is so great! A friend in Wellesley just passed the note on to me! I am doing the same thing on the Cape and delivering to Silver Gull on Tuesday.

  5. Amy Demma
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Lorelei,

    E-mail me at [email protected] for mailing address. I hear and understand your frustration. Not sure that Silver Gull is able to take packages by mail. I look forward to hearing from you, will provide my home address and will promise to deliver your donations!!

    HUGE thanks!!! Amy

  6. Amy Demma
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi Elaine,

    I have not heard of anyone in the Greater Boston area currently collecting adult clothing. I promise to update this thread should I hear of anything that could work for you.

    Deeply appreciate your generosity!!

    Amy

  7. Amy Demma
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Natalie,

    Unfortunately, I do not know of any center that can accept mailed donated items, at this time. The shelters are specifically stating that they cannot accept packages. I am currently only collecting children’s clothing (winter preferred) but will certainly update this thread should I learn about some options for you.

    Warmest thanks for your thoughtfulness and generosity of heart, Amy

  8. Lorelei
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I live on long island and see so much devastation in our area. I had been putting together lots of clothing only to find out they are not accepting clothing donations; only money. It is a shame that we cannot find a way to get much needed clothing to all these people in need. There are people that have been without shoes or even socks since the storm and it is getting cold.
    I just don’t get it…

  9. Cindy Schneck
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I currently have 4 boxes of childrens clothing. With more people bringing me more. Please send me a address. Thank you so much!

    God bless
    Cindy

  10. Liz Stack
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Things can probably be sent UPS or regular mail to one of the drop-off points: the Silver Gull Beach Club,1 Beach 193rd St., Far Rockaway, NY 11697. Label Hurricane Sandy Relief clothing (esp. children’s outerwear) labeled as to age/gender for quicker distribution.

    • Nancy Hiatt
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      Is the Silver Gull Beach Club still a place that I could mail some nearly new
      winter coats? Thank you for your help.
      Nancy Hiatt
      Atlatna, GA

  11. Natalie
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Hi, I live in Illinois and I gathered a big garbage bag together of clothes, shoes, gloves and scarves for the people that were stuck by Hurricane Sandy. However, I am having a hard time finding a place to donate these items too. Could I send those items to you?

  12. Elaine Hart
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Have adult clothes and shoes. Anywhere they are collecting for Sandy ? New to MA so dont have input.

  13. Amy Demma
    Posted November 3, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    The donations are coming in, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  14. Amy Demma
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink
  15. Posted November 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Is there anywhere on Cape Cod we can donate clean, children’s clothing to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? Wellsley is quite a hike from the cape.

  16. Deb Anderson
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    What address to send clothes to? Need adult garments as well?!

  17. Marcia Johnson
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Is there an address where I can mail some boxes of baby/children’s clothes?
    If I mail Saturday (Nov 3) , they would arrive some time next week.

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