A 2002 ambulance belonging to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps will head to Broad Channel, Queens this weekend. Stocked with food and essentials, it will aid the residents of the narrow island in Jamaica Bay after the community was practically decimated by Hurricane Sandy. Earlier this week, residents were forced to evacuate once again, as a powerful nor’easter pounded the Northeast on Wednesday.
After watching the news and learning about the impact Hurricane Sandy had on the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department last week, Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps President Ed Downes knew his department could help. Last month, using funds raised through donations, the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps was able to purchase a new ambulance — leaving the department with the spare 2002 vehicle.
The fire department in Broad Channel was founded in 1905 and is manned by volunteers, similar to Sag Harbor’s Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps. According to Downes, the department in Broad Channel lost literally everything, including all of its vehicles. For Downes, the choice was clear — Sag Harbor had an extra ambulance, and Broad Channel needed it.
“We are trying to get it to them by the end of the week,” said Downes on Monday. “They are like us, all volunteers, so they don’t have a huge budget to help in a situation like this.”
Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Tom Fabiano decided to take that donation to the next level. On Tuesday, the chief began a collection drive for non-perishable foods, batteries, flashlights and essential aid items. He hopes to fill the ambulance with supplies before Downes and the ambulance corps crew head off to Queens this weekend.
Like many hurricane relief efforts, as of Wednesday, Chief Fabiano said he would no longer be able to accept clothing, but encouraged people to bring water, cans of soup, diapers, tools and other means of aid to the Sag Harbor Village Police Department at 70 Division Street.
Chief Fabiano is no stranger to this kind of work. In 2005, he collected a trailer of relief supplies for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
“It’s important, especially with this other storm coming,” said Chief Fabiano on Tuesday morning.
Chief Fabiano and Downes are by no means alone in collection efforts on the East End. Sag Harbor Garden Center owners Phil and Diane Bucking trucked five loads of warm clothing and supplies into the Rockaways, Breezy Point and Long Beach.
The Sag Harbor School District and C’s Home Management have also started a collection drive. Residents are encouraged to drop off cans of food, vegetables, soup, fruit, canned meat and cereal, shelf, personal items, toiletries, diapers, batteries, garbage bags, gloves and blankets at Sag Harbor Elementary School or Pierson Middle/High School’s lobby between today and Friday, November 9. Donations will also be accepted at C’s Home Management on Noyac Road across from the Berkshire office complex.
Financial contributions will also be accepted. Checks should be made out to Island Harvest — the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island which has been providing food to literally thousands of Long Island residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Clothing donations are not being accepted at this time.
Bay Street Theatre has also joined in the relief effort. It will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from its Literature Live! presentation of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” to Island Harvest . That production will begin this Friday, November 9 and run through Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 24.
After losing power for four days, Bay Street Theatre creative director Murphy Davis, executive director Tracy Mitchell and producer Gary Hygom brainstormed about what the theater should do moving forward.
“The show must go on,” said Mitchell, “and we just knew we had to do something.”
Across the street at Muse in the Harbor, chef and owner Matt Guiffrida also began raising money through his Main Street, Sag Harbor restaurant, collecting $500 on Saturday night, which he said he will donate to the American Red Cross hurricane relief effort.
Guiffrida said he will also continue to donate 10 percent of the restaurants Wednesday night dinner proceeds to the American Red Cross for as long as the relief effort needs funding.
Further down Main Street, clothier Marie Eiffel also started a winter clothing and goods drive at her store, working with the North Haven-based Sunset Beach Farm and the Shelter Island restaurant Sweet Tomatoes.
Sag Harbor’s Goat on a Boat Puppet Theatre has also teamed with Holy Trinity/St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church of Staten Island and will be collecting warm clothing, winter coats, new undergarments, shoes, new socks, toiletries, towels, blankets, baby items, bottled water, school supplies and non-perishable food on East Union Street behind the Christ Episcopal Church, downstairs in the parish hall.
That drive will specifically benefit residents of Staten Island.
Other Ways to Help
East End Cares
East End Cares, a group of residents dedicated to the hurricane relief effort, is collecting donations of items like baby food, formula, diapers, paper goods for eating, plastic utensils, toiletries, dog and cat food, medical supplies, plus all items related to clean up and construction, including but not limited to bleach, wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, work gloves, dust masks, tarps, flashlights, batteries, heavy duty contractor bags, rope, headband lights, nails, tools, plastic trash bins, and fuel containers.
Items can be dropped off at the Montauk Community Church, East Hampton Town Hall or the Jitney office in the Omni building in Southampton.
For information, or to make a donation, contact the EEC Facebook page or Johnson Nordlinger at East Hampton Town Hall -324-4140, or your local firehouse, and check the EEC Facebook page for further updates. https://www.facebook.com/
Town & Country Raising Relief Funding
Town & Country Real Estate has announced it will donate a portion of every rental commission starting this week throughout 2013 to The American Red Cross and Group for the East End. The company is also collecting clothing and soft goods at its offices between now and Friday, which will be transported by B & N Moving and Storage to the Breezy Point Firehouse.
Hurricane Relief Concert
On Saturday, November 10 a Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert will be held at LTV Studios in Wainscott from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $20 at the door with all proceeds going to the hurricane relief effort. Fore information, call 537-277.
Time for Teens Gift Card Drive
Time for Teens, a not-for-profit dedicated to the South Fork’s youth, is collecting gift cards that will be distributed to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Cards can be sent to Time for Teens, P.O. Box 552 Southampton, NY 11969. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Winter Clothes Drive at St Johns Church
St. Johns Church, 100 South Main Street in Southampton, is collecting winter clothes for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point. The first drop off will be made on Friday, November 16 with a second drop off planned for Friday, November 30. Organizers are asking people mark bags with Adult Male, Female or Child and indicate what size clothing is in each bag. B & N Moving & Storage in Southampton has committed a truck to drop off donations. For information call France Posener at 903-1990 or Mark Borucke at (516) 702-2033.