Stuff the Trailer – Sandy Delivery
The stuffed trailer full of donations for Sandy Relief arrived at the make-shift recovery center in Long Beach, NY Monday just after noon. Local volunteers had turned an Ice Rink into a sort of giant flea market for victims to come and “shop” for supplies.
I chose this site after teaming up with the Healing Waves crew. They are hoping to use the trailer to give massages and other treatments to those working to recovery and rebuild. With donations of clothes pouring in from all over the center is pretty stuff, but thanks to Clayton Shui and his band of hands on healers the Ice Rink Volunteers agreed to accept the trailer offerings. When they heard that kids in Ohio had collected donations the group said there was no way they would not take the clothes.
The Healing Waves folks were amazing. They had a state trooper hold a parking spot and I backed the trailer in. The place is pretty chaotic. So we pulled out the bags and moved some of the supplies to the front. After a while HW gave the area a try.. giving a few massages and acupuncture treatments to volunteers and the officer who have been standing there all day.
We unpacked the trailer and put the sorted items in their places… the socks were gone in literally seconds… the hats and gloves went later that afternoon. The coats were put on racks.
The boxes were put in a makeshift kids section.
As for the random clothes,
unfortunately, there are just not enough volunteers to sort them all so for now they are in a giant pile filling half the bleachers.
The supplies are kept back in the ice rink area and then moved to the front area a pile at a time. People show up and go sections to section collecting what they need.
We kept some of the cleaning supplies and a portion of the food to put in the trailer when it goes out to help those rebuilding. We are hoping to offer warm food along with the other services.
The trailer took a bit of a beating on the trip, so it had to stay at the donation site until I can find someone to make repairs. Just all part of the adventure.