This note was sent to Half Hollow Hills Patch by Ron Dunaisky on behalf of Temple Beth Torah in Melville. It was published with his permission.
Rabbi Gellman sends his thanks out to everyone in our community for the outpouring of support and the generous donations of supplies we received yesterday. What an incredible response! For four hours yesterday we had a steady stream of supplies being dropped off and a steady stream of cars being loaded up.
We sent more than 10 van/truck loads of food, water, blankets, diapers, towels, gift cards and other necessities of daily life to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst to help those in need. And we still have several carloads of supplies in the temple lobby waiting for cars with gas to take them down to the church.
If you walked through the temple lobby this morning, you saw how much was donated, and this is just a fraction of what we received yesterday. Thank you to all those that donated, to all those that stood outside all day helping to unload and load cars, and to all those who transported the supplies down to the church in Lindenhurst.
And thank you to our friends in South Huntington Jewish Center who offered to help, donated supplies and helped transport the supplies down to the church.
All the clothes and games we received yesterday were donated to the Dix Hills Fire Department, which is collecting to support their fellow firefighters who lost their homes and everything else in Breezy Point, Queens.
We collected a carload of socks and underwear to support the drive that Bonnie and Larry Goldberg initiated to provide the basics that are often overlooked for rescue workers, volunteers, and displaced residents.
Yesterday was just the start. There is so much more that is needed to help out our neighbors just south of us. Many of you have asked how can you help.
Erica LaChant contacted Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst this morning and asked them what else they needed. They requested the following: hats, gloves, scarves, materials needed for cleaning and rebuilding such as cleaning supplies, garbage bags, masks, working gloves, non-perishable food items like bread, peanut butter and jelly, shelf stable milk, etc., blankets, towels, school supplies, batteries, flashlights, baby supplies, hand sanitizer, local restaurant gift cards and food store gift cards.
For the remainder of the week, the Temple building will be open to accept donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Friday morning. I ask that anyone that can donate, please help out in any way you can. If you have a car/truck/van with gas, please stop by the temple, see Kathy in the office who will show you where the items donated are located, load up your car and make a trip down to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst and see firsthand how your generosity is helping others in need. I have included the address and directions below.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located at 210 S. Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst. Once you pass the Church & School, take a left onto East Gates, a left on Travis, a left on East Hoffman, a left on S. High and the school auditorium will be on your right. They have volunteers there to help you unload and they accepting donations from 9-12 & 3-6 Monday through Friday this week and on Saturday from 9 to 12.
Thank you again for everyone's help and generosity during these challenging times. It is truly amazing that while many of us still lack power, we recognize how much we still have and others have lost. This is where our community shines and means so much to those in need.