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East Coast or Bust!

Got stuff? Donate it to the relief effort we’re spearheading for the victim’s of Sandy…

As we watched the devastation unfold, many times with our breaths held, I found myself wondering aloud more than once: “How much more can they take?!”

Of course I know it’s a silly thing to ask because as a former-Manhattanite myself, I know that my city is pretty indestructible. We’ve survived a bombing and the worst terrorist attack ever. My mother lived in the city during both. And each time, I’ve watched New Yorkers persevere with dignity and grace in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Coming together to help each other with an unbreakable resilience that makes me proud to call this great city my hometown. So it wasn’t too much of a surprise that after the water began to clear and the fires began to smolder, stories of giving and good-samaritan heroism began to emerge. So many touching portraits of humanity that could renew anyone’s faith in the goodness that exists in all of us.

But the settling of dust also revealed that this great city and it’s neighbors are achingly far from recovery. The cleanup is overwhelming and there are still people without power, even weeks later. This realization has caused so many of us across the country to simultaneously ask: How can I help?

For my own part, I have the answer: Load up a truck to the brim and drive it to my beloved city as well as Queens and the Jersey Shore.

If you’re here, that means you’re interesting in helping and you can! Below is a list of items you can donate to help those affected by Sandy. The list will be updated as more needs become obvious but these items have been confirmed as being vitally needed by Councilwoman Smith-Crowley’s office, The Rescue Mission and One Simple Wish, three of the organizations who we will be visting and donating to.

  • blankets – all kinds, these are a HUGE priority
  • batteries
  • flashlights
  • tampons/maxi pads
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • diapers
  • spray cleaners
  • garbage bags
  • brooms
  • mops
  • tarps
  • sponges
  • goggles
  • work gloves
  • coats – adults/kids
  • scarves
  • hats
  • gloves/mittens
  • pet supplies
  • children’s toys

NO general clothing items please.

To make donating easy breezy, we have donation boxes across the city and we’re adding more stores everyday. Starting Tuesday, November 13, 2012 thru Thursday, November 29, 2012 you can donate at the following stores:

  • Urba Baby (Lincoln Park)
    1117 W. Armitage Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60614
    773.472.2229 (BABY)
  • Urba Baby (Wicker Park)
    1751 W. Division Street
    Chicago, IL 60622
    773.278.2229 (BABY)
  • LifeStorage
    1030 W North Ave
    Chicago, IL 60642
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