Organizations in the Capital Region are donating money, goods and services to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in the greater New York metropolitan area.
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The Waterford Public Library announced it is serving as a drop-off location for monetary donations to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts. It is also the drop-off location for the Waterford Rescue Squad Holiday Food Drive. Nonperishable food items can be brought in during library hours until Nov. 21. For more information, contact the library at 237-0891, or email@example.com.
Catholic Charities of Albany on Thursday joined the list of organizations seeking contributions to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families in this time of struggle and loss," said Catholic Charities in a news release. "[We have] been working tirelessly throughout the storm-related areas to bring relief and assistance to those left without shelter or in need of aid. Our resources, however, are being spread thin, and we are in need of your support. Funds collected will be used for the immediate humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable in the affected communities in downstate New York and New Jersey."
Checks can be made out to Catholic Charities Sandy Relief and sent to: Catholic Charities, 40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203. To donate online, click here.
Some of the relief efforts are small in scale and some are much larger initiatives. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, for example, is commending efforts of FedEx to support Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts by delivering generators, food, water and ice to nursing homes, shelters, emergency personnel and other relief organizations throughout the lower Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.
“Charitable efforts from the private sector like those of FedEx are more than welcome as our communities work to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy,” Cuomo said in a statement Wednesday.
In response to Hurricane Sandy, FedEx sent some of its local fleet of delivery trucks, tractor-trailers and other vehicles to deliver vital items such as water and dry ice and more than 85 much-needed generators to shelters, nursing homes, fire departments, municipalities and critical infrastructure protecting water supplies throughout the downstate region including Nassau, Orange, Suffolk and Westchester counties.
The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York encouraged people to donate money to the Red Cross for the continuing Red Cross efforts in the downstate area.
“We are still providing shelter for thousands of people up and down the East Coast,” said Caroline Boardman, a spokeswoman for the Northeastern New York Red Cross.
A dozen Red Cross workers have been deployed downstate from the Northeastern New York Region, she said.
People wishing to make a contribution to the Red Cross can call 1-800-RED-CROSS, go to the website www.redcross.org or text the word “redcross” to 90999 for cellphone users.
If people wish to donate goods, which the Red Cross does not accept, Boardman suggested they contact their local chambers of commerce or churches. They can also call 211 to be put into contact with various not-for-profit organizations providing help in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The New York Racing Association will contribute to Hurricane Sandy relief with a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross. NYRA operates the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs.
“So many communities surrounding Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park were devastated by Hurricane Sandy,” said NYRA President and Chief Operating Officer Ellen McClain in a statement. “We want to provide whatever support we can as these areas begin the long recovery process.”
Racing fans who wish to support the American Red Cross Sandy Relief Effort can find a link for donations on NYRA.com or visit www.redcross.org.
Other Sandy help efforts include:
• Christian Brothers Academy in Albany has decided to postpone its annual Phonathon — the school’s largest fundraiser — to dedicate its efforts to aiding Hurricane Sandy victims.
The Phonathon was supposed to be held between Nov. 4 and 6, but it will be pushed back to early 2013.
CBA’s campus minister, Owen O’Leary, is working with school officials and students to put the final touches on the school’s relief efforts. That effort will combine students, teachers, administrators and other members of the CBA community to help those in need.
• The Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic at 365 Saratoga Road is filling a van with items to help people and pets in the New York-New Jersey area. The van will deliver items such as bottled water, juices, tea mixes and non-perishable food items this weekend. The clinic is asking that people bring the items to the clinic during regular business hours through Friday. Cat and dog food and cat box filler are also being accepted.
• “Relief for Red Hook” — Even though Tina Mirabile and Bruno Lopez live in Glenville, their business is in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, on a pier devastated by Sandy. “Hundreds of business’s have been wiped off the face of the planet, every basement apartment and first-floor businesses and homes are gone, 30 percent still do not have electricity,” Mirabile said in an email.
Mirabile will have a U-Haul truck in the parking lot of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Rotterdam through Friday to fill with donations. A second drop-off location is at Route 50 Storage at 736 Saratoga Road in Burnt Hills. These locations will accept non-perishable food, water, baby wipes, blankets, and batteries from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily through Friday.
• Colonie Memorial Town Hall will be a collection location for relief items.
Operation Fill The Truck is being sponsored by the Latham Fire House, which is collecting items to be brought to New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. They are collecting items at the firehouse, located at 226 Old Loudon Road, until Saturday. People can drop off items at Memorial Town Hall until 4 p.m. Friday to the attention of Mike Rayball, director of emergency management and planning.
Items needed include baby supplies, batteries, blankets and towels, cleaning supplies, clothing, dog and cat food, flashlights, first aid kits, industrial-strength black garbage bags, non-perishable food, tarps, toiletries and work gloves.
Non-essential items are bleach, brooms, candles, contractor rags, garbage bags, extension cords, shovels and plastic bins for storage.
• Alan Chartock and the staff of WAMC-FM in Albany will take to the airwaves at 8 a.m. today to raise money for the victims of Sandy. All the proceeds will go to American Red Cross Disaster Relief during the one-day fund drive.
“The WAMC community always bands together at times of crisis,” said Chartock, WAMC’s president and CEO. “We are gathering once again on Thursday to help our friends, neighbors and fellow citizens whose lives were impacted by this devastating storm.”
The toll-free number to pledge support is 800-323-9262.