East End Cares, an ad hoc local group of East End residents working toward providing Hurricane Sandy disaster relief, is still collecting donations at various drop-off centers throughout the East End. These items are then being transported to communities further west, including Breezy Point, Rockaway, Long Beach and Staten Island.
According to those on the ground in the storm-torn communities, clothes are no longer needed at this time. Donations most needed right now include baby food, baby formula, diapers, wipes, paper goods for eating, plastic utensils, toiletries, dog and cat food, medical supplies, plus all items related to clean up and construction, including but not limited to bleach, wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, work gloves, dust masks, tarps, flashlights, batteries, heavy duty contractor bags, rope, headband lights, nails, tools, plastic trash bins, and fuel containers.
Donations can be made at various drop off points. The Montauk Community Church basement is now collecting donations and will hand out supplies to those transporting them further west from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for all communities in need. East Hampton Town Hall is collecting donations for its newly adopted sister-community Breezy Point, as are all local firehouses. In Southampton, the Jitney office in the Omni building in Southampton is also collecting needed items for all communities.
***Breezy Point’s fire department has great need for two new washing machines, two dryers, and two refrigerators, and an electric stove as generator power is promised within the next 48 hours. Those that may be willing to donate a new washer, dryer or refrigerator should contact Dennis O’Reilly, Montauk Fire Department and retired FDNY, directly at 516-527-9101
For more information, or to make a donation, contact the EEC Facebook page or Johnson Nordlinger at East Hampton Town Hall - 631-324-4140, or your local firehouse, and check the EEC Facebook page for further updates. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastEndCares/