A group of volunteers, assisted by members of the Cold Spring Fire Company, made a journey to Queens today in order to deliver food, water, clothing, and other essentials to those in need after Hurricane Sandy impacted the NYC area. What began as a few independent collection efforts, spread via word of mouth and social media and produced a large amount of donated materials over the past few days.
This morning two heavy duty pickup trucks, towing a private 12 foot trailer and the Cold Spring Fire Company Special Ops trailer, departed the Cold Spring Fire Company en route to a shelter in Far Rockaway, Queens. Upon arrival our volunteers were asked if they would instead push further towards the shore, crossing the bridge onto Rockaway Beach where food and clothing were in need. Arriving they joined in with members of FEMA, the NYPD, NYFD and numerous volunteers to distribute the collected materials to residents.
We would like to thank Christine Peterson, Kristin DeMarco and family, Steve Burke Electric (who donated his truck and trailer to the effort), Laurie Marigliano, Tara Quinn and the Membership of the Cold Spring Fire Company for their efforts.
There are still many people in need, and the devastation that we witnessed today was staggering. We are currently assessing the viability of another run of supplies into the City or surrounding area, and are still accepting donations at the Fire Company for a future effort – or we will route the materials to the proper agencies / drop areas. For more information call the firehouse (845)265-9241 or Company President Michael Bowman (845)476-4373.