You may recall my article earlier this week on the absolute destruction in New York and New Jersey from Hurricane Sandy. While many heard the power was coming back on, they quickly flipped the switch and figured all was over.
It’s not over, it’s horrifying and many cardboard signs on CNN tonight are showcasing, “welcome to third world Long Island.” Tens of thousands still have no electrical power and we are entering the third week after the storm and with many now being told it might not be until after Thanksgiving. Congress members are on CNN raising their voice and expressing indignation and anger mixed with rage.
Here in Charlotte, as the Charlotte Cooking Examiner nationally syndicated across the USA I am reaching out to you to make donations to the Red Cross for the Sandy victims, even a dollar is helpful. Also, in my previous article you read about where to drop off items for collection (no more perishable items needed and no more clothes please).
The latest truck to leave Charlotte has arrived today in New York and distributed the 1600 loaves of bread sent and many, many other items like diapers, cleaning supplies and peanut butter. These will be eaten into Sunday morning most likely and then be gone.
Chris Fisher, the Director of Operations at CFS Logistics, Inc. over on Oak Lake Blvd in Charlotte was sent to me by Alyson Miller as the main point of contact for trucks leaving. Folks all over Charlotte have been dropping off items (for a full list see right here).
Chris explained, “The trucks this week and today were created by Carolina Coastal Shields, locals and CFS Logistics teaming up to get donations for the relief effort. This actually started in the Beaver Bar parking lot in Murrels Inlet SC and the first truck headed north left after being loaded. The second truck left CFS parking lot here in Charlotte last Thursday morning and the third truck with you chefs here today. Penske trucking assisted CFS Logistics with truck rentals for the deliveries. The Charlotte New York Police Department 10-13 club also assisted with boxing items and loading trucks here in Charlotte.”
Next up is, “The Sandy Sock-Hop,” created by Alyson Miller and supported by the web pages on Facebook from Good Eats and Meets and Richard Gruica. This 50’s style dance will be held after Thanksgiving (more on this later) as a fundraiser to the victims. For now, let’s keep those donations coming to the drop spots around Charlotte.
A Hurricane Sandy Southern Relief Effort page is at Facebook created by Alyson Miller.
Thank you so much to the guys today and Chris Fisher with all of the folks at CFS, Libretto’s Pizza and more. Most especially to the former police officers from New York who drove the trucks for 18 hours and asked not to be named.
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