As the skies darken and the wind picks up, those of us on the East Coast of the U.S. can’t help but have the unsettling feeling that hurricane season is setting in again. It’s been almost two years since Hurricane Sandy whipped along the Atlantic seaboard, leaving devastation and destruction in its wake, and even though most of the physical scars have healed, families are still trying to stitch together lives and livelihoods fragmented by the storm. But they aren’t alone, because they’ve had help from you. Some may have lost houses, others a family member, but throughout they’ve gotten support from a global community of friends they didn’t even know they had.
Thanks to the support of wonderful donors like you, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund at GlobalGiving has been able to support a variety of ongoing recovery and reconstruction projects.
Baby Buggy continues to provide clothing, food, school supplies, and furniture to support families that are still struggling with the loss of housing and employment in the wake of the storm. In their progress reports, Baby Buggy shared the story of the Davis family, who lost both their jobs and everything they owned when Sandy hit New York City. While searching for steady employment and housing, the Davis family stayed at a Brooklyn shelter for nearly two years, but commuted over an hour each way to bring their five children back to their old schools where the older kids could remain with their friends and their youngest could continue the special needs program he was enrolled in. While they were in the shelter, Baby Buggy was able to provide the Davis family with food, clothing, toiletries, and baby supplies, and helped them search for a new apartment – where they moved in this spring!
Baby Buggy has also helped a long-time partner, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), rebuild in the wake of the storm. VNSNY runs both an early head start program and a fatherhood program. When the VNSNY building was destroyed during the hurricane, teachers and administrators came to the site even in the loss of their own homes and goods to figure out how they could provide immediate relief to families in the area. With the help of Baby Buggy, VNSNY was able to provide essential goods to families in the area at the time, and now fifteen months later, open a new center where they can continue to provide social services. The silver lining to those storm clouds? The new center has room for VNSNY to serve even more families than before, as the old center only had room for 75 children and the new center has room for 185! Even in the wake of this terrible storm, we can see the unifying power of natural disasters as communities and nonprofits work together to provide relief and rebuild.
Hurricane Sandy wrecked more than homes and amusement parks: it also caused a huge spike in the cases of cholera in communities struck by the hurricane, as well as destroying the hospitals and medicines that allow doctors to fight the disease. This relief fund also supported two projects outside the United States – one in Haiti, and the other in Cuba – that are still supplying critical medical supplies to physicians trying to lessen the spread of the disease and care for afflicted patients. The Vice-Director of Global Link’s project in Cuba said in a recent project report, “The health care kits you sent us were invaluable.” She explained that all the hospitals they visited highlighted the importance of these kits, which, complete with gloves and face masks, allow doctors to care for patients without getting infected themselves or exacerbating the spread of the disease. She shared a story of a visit she undertook with a doctor to educate a remote community on disease prevention techniques, when they were asked to examine an old man thought to be suffering from cholera. The Vice-Director and the young doctor were many miles away from a nearby hospital, and while cholera patients cannot spare hours, the two couldn’t care or even examine the man without protective material. As they “stood outside the house pondering possibilities that would allow the doctor to enter the house without putting her life at risk,” the Vice-Director realized that she had a healthcare kit in the back of the car – which allowed the doctor to give care to the patient without contracting the disease herself.
So even while our skies darken and the wind picks up again, we can’t help but feel hopeful and thankful for all that light that has poured through these clouds thanks to donors like you. Because of you, those with cholera in Haiti and Cuba continue to receive help, and a new and improved family center was able to rise from the ashes of the previous one. Please consider continuing to support these projects as they provide support for communities still reeling from the effects of the storm, and we wish you a wonderful, safe end to your summer!
Greetings GlobalGivers! Amazing news! One of our partner projects for this disaster fund has completed their project! Our partners over at Kids In Distressed Situations (KIDS) has finished up their relief efforts after raising some $20 million in relief funds! Congratulations and amazing work! Our other incredible partner, Architecture for Humanity, is utterly dedicated to rebuilding! They are still striving in needy areas to help any in need that they can!
As you may or may not remember from our past updates, Architecture for Humanity is building a school! They are repairing a heavily damaged school in Ocean City, New Jersey. Toms River Regional School North is the largest of three high schools in the area serving 2,400 children. The majority of students at Tom River North participate in some kind of inter or intramural sport. This shows why rebuilding sports facilities and school grounds is so important. Both students and administration emphasized their desire to get all school back to normal! However, Architecture for Humanity strives to make things BETTER than they were before!
Recently the Architecture for Humanity hosted their second community meeting at Tom River North to discuss the new ideas and plans and receive feedback from community members. Their pro-bono architect, Craig Brearley, presented on his updated stadium entrance design. He was met with enthusiastic and constructive advice from attending students and community members. Also present was the school districts very own TV-21 crew! This is a television station and radio station which is run by journalist and broadcast students in the school district. The TV-21 crew spent the day interviewing the design team and they recorded their results in a short video, which has been attached here!
The fact that there is still a need to rebuild even simple infrastructure projects shows that your help is still needed! Your neighbors on the East coast were deeply affected by the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. The most lasting damages are obviously the mental and emotional drains caused by loss of life and property. But there is so much hope! One of our partners raised millions in supportive funds, the other promises to strive on until all is not repaired AND better than before. GlobalGiving thanks you so much for your generous donations to these awesome organizations!
Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the United States in late October 2012, sadly we are still recovering all this time later. The cost of damages was around $68 billion, the second most in US history. The loss of life was even more devastating and no monetary amount can alleviate the suffering of families affected in such a way. To date, through your incredible donations, GlobalGiving has raised $612,645 to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy! Your donations are doing amazing things for our partner organizations!
At Architecture for Humanity there are ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure design and facilities in towns affected by Sandy. In Seaside Heights, New Jersey they are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to design a brand new Events Center. They are also reaching out to locals to help design and implement this structure! There is a scheduled Community Open House on February 4th from 5:30-7:30, they are very open to and, grateful for community participation in rebuilding the towns!
The organization Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S) has raised over 20 million dollars so far for basic essentials, like clothing, books, educational materials, shoes, and baby products! They are doing an incredible job! It is donations like yours that make their work possible! In their latest report K.I.D.S talks about all of their upcoming initiatives including their Extreme Home Makeover project. This program seeks to restore, repair, and refurbish the homes that were heavily damaged by Sandy. There are still many homes in disarray, even so long after the disaster struck. But through K.I.D.S and their home makeover initiative they are giving families the opportunity to return home, which is insurmountable important!
It is thanks to the amazing donors like you that Sandy relief projects are still going on! Families still need your help, thank you so much for continuing to provide it!
It has been almost one year since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the coasts of Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, leaving in its path numerous deaths, huge economic losses, and the shattered dreams of those who were deeply affected by it. The storm had a devastating effect on the Northeastern coast of the United States, especially in New York, where it caused the closure of the New York Stock Exchange, loss of electricity, and the destruction of homes and businesses by fire.
However, thanks to your generosity and kindness, numerous organizations are able to continue to provide a beacon of hope and another chance to start again. Baby Buggy was able to provide over 600 backpacks and 600 early education school supply kits to children who lived in the Sandy affected areas of Rockaways, Brighton Beach, and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. As a result, programs in Far Rockaway experienced full cubbies filled with new school supplies and other educational toys. Parents were relieved to see their children going back to school, and children were very happy to start school with new supplies, since their old ones were completely ruined due to the flooding caused by Sandy. Aside from the beautiful backpacks and lunchboxes, paper, notebooks, glue sticks, pencils, and markers were also distributed so that elementary schools can begin the year ready to thrive and learn. These indispensable school supplies for learning couldn’t have been bought without your generous contribution!
Another program that was able to provide quick relief to the survivors of Hurricane Sandy was K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations). In a successful attempt to team up with SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and the Queens Library, they were able to stage two distribution events in which new winter apparel and sneakers were delivered by the generous member companies of the SIA. May was also a great month for charity, as the Far Rockaway Community Library hosted a donation event of thousands of winter apparel items to the residents affected by the super storm. Also, the Queens Library for Teens distributed Vans sneakers to approximately 300 youth. Many teenagers and children were ecstatic, as some never owned more than a pair of sneakers in their lives or hadn’t been able to purchase a new pair of shoes since the disaster. A 16 year old Hurricane Sandy survivor said: “This is the first pair of sneakers that I got since the Hurricane”.
Thanks to your donation, hundreds of children and teenagers are now able to walk on the streets with a smile in their face. It is because of your contribution that these organizations were able to team up and deliver not only shoes, but hope to the many survivors of one of the deadliest and most destructive calamities to affect our nation in recent years. Your contribution continues to make a difference in the lives of those were affected. We will keep you updated in the following months; however, feel free to let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comment section below.
Happy Spring GlobalGivers!
As we get ready to trade in our sweaters and snow boots for shorts and sandals, so too does the preparation begin for people living in the Eastern part of the United States and Canada as well as the Caribbean. However, this is a different type of preparation: hurricane season begins on June 1st, yet this year preparations will be twice as difficult because these regions are still trying to recover from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. This hurricane was the most destructive and deadly of the 2012 hurricane season, and it was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. Thousands are still displaced and have been unable to return to their homes and neighborhoods. A sense of normalcy is hard to come by even though it is 6 months later. This is why funding for organizations that have been and are helping in the aftermath is so critical.
Thanks to your support The River Fund New York provided food to more than 87,000 people, and by the end of December over 323 TONS of product had been distributed to families and seniors in the affected areas. This is in addition to the 282 tons that was in their regular distribution areas. Aid workers also established a fixed site in Coney Island whereas before the storm The River Fund only had a mobile presence. Now they have switched their efforts from immediate emergency assistance to long-term systemic issues such as hunger which was already a huge problem in New York City decades before Sandy hit. As a result, they have created a project “Confront Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty” to address the continuous needs in the Sandy flood zones.
You have also helped support Global Reach International, an organization helping New Jersey residents by cleaning debris carried by the storm as well as by donating funds for rebuilding and emergency response supplies. Global Reach International has donated $5,000 to Union Country EMS, Union Beach New Jersey to rebuild their EMS station; both Suffern Rotary Club and Great Neck Rotary Club received $500 each for relief supplies and distribution; and local communities were given Home Depot cards ranging from $150-$400 to start rebuilding
When disaster strikes, so much emphasis is placed on survival and relief that often times kids lose the chance to “be kids.” Pitch in for Baseball, another organization your donation helped to support, gives children and their families a chance to return to kid-friendly activities by providing new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to the youth leagues devastated by Hurricane Sandy. This is crucial to the kids’ long-term development because sports such as baseball help them grow physically, socially and emotionally. Over 23 little leagues have received deliveries of baseball and softball materials which has given 9,000-10,000 children the chance to be kids again.
Without your continuous generosity and support, these organizations would not be able to provide relief to the tens of thousands of people whose lives were drastically altered by Hurricane Sandy. From baseball mitts to homelessness, your donations have made a difference. Thank you so much!
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