2012-12-14 / Community

Irish Groups Aid Rockaway this Weekend

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has announced that volunteers from a coalition of Irish and Irish-American groups will be heading to those areas of the Rockaways devastated by Hurricane Sandy this weekend to spread holiday cheer and help in the recovery efforts.

“Our community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but it did not break our spirit,” Goldfeder said. “This is yet another example of neighbors helping neighbors when times are tough. I want to send my sincere gratitude to the organizers of this event.”

Volunteers from Irish organizations across the city will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning to participate in the second "Irish Day of Action," a volunteer effort to aid victims of the storm. The previous "Irish Day of Action” took place on November 24, and saw about 1,000 volunteers, noted Goldfeder.

“Above all, our philosophy is to help anyone we can in this world,” said New York Irish Center director Paul Finnegan. “Sandy created a lot of turmoil around a lot of communities around the region. For Saturday's “Meitheal na Nollaig” — or, “Christmas Gathering of Workers” we hope this weekend’s efforts will be even more successful than our first.”

“It’s great that these groups haven’t forgotten about us, and are still selflessly giving their time to our recovery efforts,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “This is what gives me hope and the peace of mind that our community will continue to grow stronger.”

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