2012-11-30 / Top Stories

In Wake Of Sandy, RWA Salutes Endless Generosity


Hundreds come to pick up supplies for the long days ahead. Hundreds come to pick up supplies for the long days ahead. In the wake of Storm Sandy hundreds of people came together to help neighbors and friends get back on their feet after the devastating storm. The outpouring of generosity was felt all over the Rockaways. It was clear that the loss was felt well beyond the local community as large numbers of people came to the peninsula to show their support through donations of goods and funding to help rebuild the waterfront community.

Many of the local community groups also felt the need to help others by leading efforts to distribute food, emergency supplies and clothing for those who lost everything in the storm. Rockaway Waterfront Alliance was just one of the many local organiza-tions that set up a distribution center at Firehouse 59 Friday as hundreds of volunteers came over the weekend to serve hot meals, and distribute nearly 2,000 care packages door to door to homes of those who were homebound and to each of the floors of the housing projects throughout the peninsula to make sure everyone had flashlights, food, and emergency supplies at home.


Generous donors from Cathedral of St. Markella brought more than 100 pizzas for the Rockaway community. Generous donors from Cathedral of St. Markella brought more than 100 pizzas for the Rockaway community. It was challenging trying to regulate the amount of supplies as people from all over the country sent food and supplies to help dull the pain of the disaster that struck the peninsula. Throughout the week it was difficult to know what the rest of the world was seeing as most Rockaway residents had no access to electricity.

Special thanks goes out to Rocka-way Youth Taskforce, Doctors without Borders and Occupy Sandy, YEMA, St. Gertude’s and the Gray-beards who all joined together on efforts to distribute supplies to the entire peninsula. It was surprising to most city agencies how local community groups led the way on these efforts as FEMA and other agencies took a while before stepping in to help.


Teams of people unload ship-ments of donations arriving at Firehouse 59 for distribution. Teams of people unload ship-ments of donations arriving at Firehouse 59 for distribution. There will be many steps in the rebuilding process but local Rockaway groups certainly made their community proud as they stepped up efforts to serve their own throughout the week.

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