There is no doubt that Staten Island is one of the areas that Superstorm Sandy hit the hardest. Stories of heartbreak and heroism are trickling out, leaving those who fared better in the super storm coming up with ways to help.
Facebook pages with calls to action are popping up everywhere, proving yet again that, as much as we complain about the time suck and privacy invasions social networks can be, they are often times literally a lifesaver in times of devastation.
The most recent page is Staten Island Strong, a new page that is devoted to gathering donations of home furnishings and household products to offer to those who have lost everything they own, through both the storm itself, and the devastating fires that it spawned, once they are able to secure stable housing.
Says the page creator:
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“I am creating this group to prepare to help furnish the homes of the people who lost everything. I know many people, friends and family that have nothing but the clothes on their backs. I realize there have been many donations of clothes, cleaning supplies and food, so I thought: what about furniture? God willing, these people will have a home but no furniture to go in it. If you have any extra furniture in your house, maybe you are ordering new couches or a TV, and can give your belongings to someone in need, please inbox me, send me pictures and addresses.”
The page administrator is also looking for help from those who can provide pickup/delivery services.
So far the efforts are going well, and they are up to almost 60 donations at the time of this writing, all displayed on the Facebook page.
If you can help, or know someone who can, visit the Staten Island Strong Facebook page (link) and show your support.
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