Hurricane Sandy relief
During and after Hurricane Sandy's wrath in October, many island residents commented that "Block Islanders look out for each other." And now, those here can look out for another island community: Staten Island.
A group of volunteers has organized a relief drive this Sunday, December 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are asking that people donate goods to the Rescue Barn. Acceptable donations include: non-perishables, canned goods, bottled water, socks, gloves, blankets and other similar items.
Organizer Mark Emmanuelle says that the items will be taken to Staten Island prior to Christmas and distributed where they are most needed.
"They seem to be the most in need," said Emmanuelle. An article by USA Today reports that although Staten Island is the least populous of the New York City boroughs, it had the most deaths from Sandy: 23 of the city's 43 deaths as of November 12.
For those that can't make it over Sunday, contact Mark Emmanuelle at (401) 466-5568.