PRLog - Nov. 6, 2012 - TRENTON, Mich. -- Actions are starting to take place with relief efforts relative to Hurricane Sandy. Rotary District 6400 will be working directly with affected districts in New York and New Jersey and surrounding areas.
Donations Collections will continue THRU ALL of this coming week at the Trenton (Michigan) Pavillion located on West Road between the Clock Tower and City Hall and the Grosse Ile (Michigan) hangar at the Grosse Ile Airport.
The Trenton Rotary will be collecting at the Trenton Pavillion. It will be open this Thursday and Friday (Nov. 8 and 9) 5-8pm for donations to be dropped off. Call John Allen with questions 734-671-0177.
Additionally, the Rotary Club of Grosse Ile has set up a collection point in a hanger at the Grosse Ill Airport, 5-8pm every night. It is located on Groh Rd. Grosse, Ile, MI 48138. Before you drop off you items at Grosse Ile, please call Jill Ryan 734-717-8010.
Pres. Chris Coffman of the Taylor Club, is making arrangements to have a truck pick up items that District 6400 clubs would like to donate. A truck is expected for pick up on Saturdays.
Below are a few excerpts of an e-mail received from Rotary DG Bonnie Sirower:
"Thank you all so much for volunteering to assist the hundreds of victims of Hurricane Sandy in Districts 7230, 7490, 7250, 7260, 7500 and 7640 in NewYork and New Jersey. We are still assessing the needs of the clubs and districts that have been affected, but I can tell you what these clubs and districts have asked for so far".
Storage space in each area
Toys for kids ( not electric)
Sweatshirts and sweaters
Stuffed animals (for children who lost all their toys)
These are short -term needs. We will be filling longer-term needs later, such as rebuilding and equipping schools, civic centers and senior centers that must be replaced as they were deluged".
The following are quotes directly from individuals in New Jersey.
"Those of you who wish to make a financial donation can send checks to the Walter D. head Foundation if Rotary District 7490, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our District will share your donation with the other affected districts, unless you specify that your donation should go to Hoboken, Moonachie, Little Ferry, Jersey City or North Hudson (West New York) in our District.
You can send the checks to DGN Calisto Bertin, c/o Bertin Engineering, 66 Glen Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 97452. If you are a member of the Rotary International Fellowship of quilters and Fiber Artists, you can send blankets to me at Bonnie Sirower, 69 Godfrey Terrace, Glen Rock, NJ 07452."
"I cannot begin to tell you the depth if the anguish up here. Our DGE in 7500 has lost her home. One of the clubs that meets in Staten Island had its meeting place washed away. One of our Youth Exchange students from Brazil who was living on Long Island is now homeless. In Hoboken, throughout District 7500 in Monmouth and Ocean counties,, in Atlantic City, on Coney Island in Brooklyn and Breezy Point in Queens, everything has been washed away. Hoboken is still flooded. One of our Presidents living in Secaucus had to be evacuated from water up to her chest. In many places, there is simply nothing left but silt and sand. The rest of us, most of us at least, won't get our power back for at least another week, and gas for generators and cars is very scarce. Stores are closed all over, and. Many businesses are closing. Residents of Moonachie and Little Ferry were awakened at 2 am when water from a broken levee burst into their homes, a lot like what happened to parts of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina."
"But the silver lining is the generosity if Rotarians throughout the world. Even the tax collector in my town offered to help through her Girl Scout troop. Please be patient- i will get more information out to you ASAP (Hopefully, I will have power and won't be typing on myI-Pad in the dark.
plus, I hope to have a phone that really works. )
God bless all of you for caring..."
District Governor, Rotary District 7490
(Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties, NJ, USA
Please help in any way that you are able. PLEASE SHARE and help us fill up the Pavillion and Hangar this week!! Thank you-
Trenton Rotary Club President