2013-07-12 / Community

Rockaway Pays It Forward


From Rockaway to Oklahoma. Together (left to right) Ariel Creamer, Mama Rose, Marissa Bernowitz, Anna Wolfe organized the donation of a huge truckload of supplies for tornado ravaged Oklahoma. From Rockaway to Oklahoma. Together (left to right) Ariel Creamer, Mama Rose, Marissa Bernowitz, Anna Wolfe organized the donation of a huge truckload of supplies for tornado ravaged Oklahoma. Some dedicated women of Rockaway pulled off a giant feat. Working together as a team they were able to fill a 52- foot truck with much needed supplies and send it out to Oklahoma.

Ariel Creamer, 14, of Survivors Silver Lining along with Marissa Bernowitz and Anna Wolfe of Rockaway Free Flea Market teamed up with Maura Buckley, founder of Operation Kid Comfort.

Together they collected donations of desperately needed supplies for tornado struck Western residents.

On the receiving end of the tractor trailer were Matt Cantrell and the Helping Hands Hub in Moore, Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the town suffered the deaths of 24 people, 377 injured, nearly 1,150 homes destroyed, and $2 billion in estimated damages as a result of the May 20th tornado,


Ready to roll. Organizers, driver and volunteers pose in front of the 52-foot truck filled to capacity with needed items bound for Oklahoma. Ready to roll. Organizers, driver and volunteers pose in front of the 52-foot truck filled to capacity with needed items bound for Oklahoma. Shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck in October, Cantrell generously sent two box trucks from Oklahoma with supplies to Rockaway.

Creamer, Bernowitz, Wolfe and Buckley also expressed their thanks to New Age Transportation of Lake Zurich, Illinois, which generously donated the truck, driver and gas for what they described as “this amazing mission.”

Said organizers, “It was a full circle experience for all who participated.”



Rockaway volunteers start to load supplies. Rockaway volunteers start to load supplies.

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