To request aid, text: SANDY to 69866
To offer aid, text: MUTUALAID to 69866
Church of St Luke & St Matthew
520 Clinton av. - Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY
(between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue)
If you're able to help Occupy Sandy in any way at all, please contact them. They've all been working so hard, and the more support they receive, the better for the Sandy victims who are going to continue to need assistance for some time to come.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, the shelters in New York City were bustling with volunteers serving holiday dinners as the arduous recovery continues. 'It's starting to take a toll on people,' says one worker.
"If you come on Staten Island, you come to South Beach, you'll see some things that will twist your stomach a bit," said Farid Kader, 29, a volunteer with Sandy Yellow Team, a relief group that works with Youssef's distribution site and, like many others, spent its Thanksgiving holiday distributing meals around storm-affected areas. "It's starting to take a toll on people. Honestly, until the authorities rebuild things, I don't see myself hanging out with other people."
Kader mentioned the post-storm mold in ruined homes: "A lot of us are getting sick."
On the phone, Matthew Hillyer, a volunteer delivering meals, sounded breathless. "I'm pushing a shopping cart door-to-door," he explained. "After I get done pushing the cart, I'm going to try to hit every house in a 10-block radius."
Hillyer is associated with Occupy Wall Street, which has won plaudits for its storm relief effort, Occupy Sandy. Organizers estimated it served more than 10,000 meals on Thanksgiving.
Another Occupier, Robert Pluma, was also almost too busy to talk. "I'm literally taking my first break in two weeks," Pluma said, politely begging off. "I'm carving a turkey as we speak."