Members Offer Thanksgiving Help to Hurricane Sandy Victims
November 21, 2012
It’s going to be a tough Thanksgiving for the hundreds of thousands of New York and New Jersey residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. Many are entering their third week without power – some without a roof over their head.
“So many people here are facing tough times,” says Third District International Representative Ellen Redmond, who is based in Long Island.
Helping to make sure hurricane-stricken Long Islanders don’t miss out on the holiday is Philadelphia Local 98, which donated approximately 300 Thanksgiving dinners to Island Harvest, the region’s largest food bank.
On Tuesday, two straight trucks packed with traditional Thanksgiving dinners left Philadelphia for Island Harvest’s main warehouse in Hauppauge.
The IBEW is working with the Long Island United Way to make sure the meals find their way to communities still in need of assistance. Residents of coastal areas, particularly Rockaway Peninsula in New York City and parts of Long Island’s Nassau County are still without power because of Hurricane-related flooding.
Says Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty:
Text "Hunger Relief" to 266266 to donate to Island Harvest's Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort