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NOV 30th, 2012 UPDATE

WOW. In a little over two weeks, we've raised over $5,000 and I wanted to let you know what kind of impact we've been able to have so far.

In the first week, we were able to give $1,000 in cleaning supplies and tools to the ...

NOV 30th, 2012 UPDATE

WOW. In a little over two weeks, we've raised over $5,000 and I wanted to let you know what kind of impact we've been able to have so far.

In the first week, we were able to give $1,000 in cleaning supplies and tools to the volunteers based out of 192 Ebbitts Street and $2,000 in cleaning supplies, tools, and much-needed long range walkie talkies to the Brown Cross volunteers (as in the Red Cross that's willing to get dirty) based out of Marine Way and Hett.

We gave $500 through Salem Church to a U.S. Army veteran Andrew Carro and his family, whose home in the Oakwood Beach Neighborhood was destroyed.

We we're able to load up a van time and time again and drive through New Dorp Beach giving out a total of $500 in cleaning supplies (work gloves, contractor bags, bleach, paper towels, brooms, mops and masks) to residents we found trying to clean out their homes.

And tonight (11.30.12), we made a $500 donation to GUYON RESCUE ( who continues to be on the ground doing great work Oakwood Beach 8 AM to midnight, 7 days a week.

Keep spreading the word. It means so much to the people of Staten Island to know that across the country, people care about them and want to help.

The needs are constantly changing here - and last night at the Town Hall Meeting at New Dorp High School, it was painfully obvious that literally thousands have been left homeless, on the brink, living in their cars and damaged homes. It's also becoming clear that FEMA, the Red Cross, and local officials are not doing enough to get these people the kind of help that they need NOW.

NOVEMBER 15th, 2012

I have been volunteering in the New Dorp Beach and Midland Beach neighborhoods in Staten Island for the past week. These neighborhoods have been hit really hard by Sandy but the residents and volunteers who are trying to put the pieces back together are truly inspirational. I am starting this Fundrazr campaign to get these people what they need ASAP.

For the past week I've been driving van loads of supplies (thanks to Occupy Sandy) into these neighborhoods. I drive block to block and when I see someone cleaning up their house, I stop and ask if they need water, work gloves, contractor bags, dust masks, food, personal care items, blankets, flashlights, brooms, mops, bleach..... These residents have very little at this point and they are so appreciative of the volunteers who come to their neighborhood to help. I’ve heard a lot of people say, “Well FEMA’s not here, the Red Cross isn’t here, but you volunteers are a Godsend”.

They don’t have the time or energy right now to get angry. The just keep moving forward with what they have to do. Most residents there have lost everything in their basement and on the first level of their homes (some have lost their homes entirely), they have been without power or heat or showers for two weeks now. I've been really humbled by the whole experience and I’m really inspired to do more.

In addition to volunteers like me who drive or walk through the neighborhoods, hundreds of volunteers have been there over the past two weeks to help residents clean their houses. They work in dark basements, they rip out wet carpeting, flooring, and sheet rock, they move appliances and furniture out onto the streets, they clean walls and floors, and they bag everything up for trash removal.

Coordinating these volunteers are some pretty incredible native Staten Islanders. I’ve met Taylor and Tina who are outside the donation center at 192 Ebbitts Street every day. I’ve met Frank, Danny, Daniel, Mike, Rev. Steve and Sister Melissa who are doing the same thing three blocks down at the intersection of Marine Way and Hett Avenue. They keep a running list of houses that need work and then send teams of volunteers out to those houses to help clean them up. Because of their efforts, nearly 500 houses have been gutted and cleaned and over 35,000 meals have been served since Sandy hit a little over two weeks ago.

But here’s the problem: EVERYONE IS RUNNING SERIOUSLY LOW ON SUPPLIES THAT ARE NEEDED RIGHT NOW. The needs of these neighborhoods will certainly continue to change but right now this is what we need most:

Work gloves, contractor bags, bleach, ZEP Mold and Mildew Remover, respirators, dust masks, safety goggles, flashlights, batteries, push brooms, mops, shovels, buckets, crow bars and hammers.

So I’m reaching out to you to help right now. Each day I’ll spend what is raised on the supplies that are needed most out there and I’ll bring them to these volunteer coordinators and will drive them house to house to residents. I’ll do my best to take photos and shoot video so you can see what kind of effect you are having. I can’t thank you enough for reading this and pitching in what you can. Every little bit will help .

I'll be posting photos, videos and updates here:

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