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Local Residents Can Drop Off Items for Sandy Victims

Donation drop-off sites at local fire departments and libraries through Sunday, November 18, 2012 collect clothing and other items as described below, as "Aquidneck Islanders Help Staten Islanders."

In response to the devastation left in Hurricane Sandy’s path, a group of Aquidneck Island residents have organized “SOS STATEN ISLAND,” an island-wide drive for the next two weeks, until Sunday, November 18, 2012, to collect clothing and other much-needed household items at convenient drop-off sites in Middletown, Newport and Portsmouth, all for the thousands upon thousands of Staten Island hurricane victims, many of whom are now homeless.

Drop-off sites are in place (until Sunday, November 18, 2012, for delivery by Thanksgiving) at:  Middletown Fire Department on Wyatt Road, Newport
Fire Department
(West Marlborough Street, Touro Street and Old Fort Road), Middletown Public Library on East Main Road, Newport Public Library on Spring Street, and Peoples’ Café on Thames Street in Newport. 

The Middletown Fire Department’s drop-off location accepts donations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Additional Aquidneck Island drop-off locations are in the works for Portsmouth and Newport, and will be advertised island-wide as they come on board, as well as on “SOS STATEN ISLAND’S” website, www.Facebook.com/SOSStatenIsland.RI.

The most critical donations requested are:

Clothes (New or Like New), including:

  • Jackets
  • Coats
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Socks
  • Sweapants and sweatshirts
  • Underwear
  • Thermals
  • Blankets
  • Sheets
  • Towels

Food, including:

  • Canned goods
  • Shelf food
  • Bottled Water
  • Juice boxes

Baby items, including:

  • Baby Clothing (Infant and Toddler)
  • Formula
  • Diapers 
  • Wipes
  • Bottles
  • Pacifiers

Pet supplies, including:

  • Pet food (canned and dry)
  • Leashes
  • Litter
  • Litter pans and scoops
  • Bedding
  • Treats

Toiletries, including:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrushes
  • Razors (in clear zip-lock bags)

Other items:

  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Large containers 
  • Cleaning products
  • Mops
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges
  • Toilet Paper

Additional information can be obtained on the Web at www.Facebook.com/SOSStatenIsland.RI,Twitter@sosstatenisland, by email to SOS.Staten.Island@gmail.com or by telephone to Trish Vasseur at (401) 556-6548. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED AS WELL!!!



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Anne Fletcher Price November 14, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Feel terrible - I have family who lived in SI. My husband was FDNY - lots of cops & firefighters out there. How can we help?
Anne Fletcher Price November 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
How are they going to cook? Can we get a semi from someone to bring portable ovens? And refrigeration.
Anne Fletcher Price November 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Call ARPEN moving and storage. They drove 2 truckloads to SI from Cardis in Warwick
Anne Fletcher Price November 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I can help sort this weekend, Fri/Sat/Sun - I live in Westerly - send an email
Trish Vasseur November 15, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Volunteers 9-5 at Middletown Fire Dept thru Monday. No more clothing except new undies, new socks. Bleach, water, baby supplies, blankets, cleaning supplies, water, contractor bags, etc

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