“All items have been mailed. Thanks to everyone who helped in our efforts!”
Every year we do a community service project for Christmas and this year my original plans changed when I heard about the Hurricane Sandy victims. This year we are going to donate toys to the families who have kids who may have lots everything. It’s so close to the holidays and we want them to have Christmas. You see 2 years ago June 14th 2010 I lost everything we owned due to the big floods that hit Oklahoma.We didn’t have flood insurance and none of us got help from the government. Thank goodness for friends, family and the blogging community because they were the reason we were able to get back on our feet.It’s taken me awhile to write this post because I was having a hard time finding families to donate to but I knew God in his time would provide. I contacted several friends in those areas, posted on Facebook and finally reached out to our fans for help. Thats when Heather Gray contacted me. Heather has been organizing a huge food drive for Hurricane Sandy victims in Cape May for over 350 people and now 400 new people are now displaced in a hotel.
Please read the following message from Heather and her team:
After seeing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in areas so close to home and realizing how lucky we were a few of us decided we wanted to do something to help. We talked to a local fire company and they let us have use of the firehouse as a donation drop off location. Less then 48 hours later we were overwhelmed with a generous outpouring of donations and help from our community! It was such an amazing feeling to see everyone come together and to know how many people would be helped with the donations. To know we were making a hard time a little easier for many was one of the best feelings in the world! The phone calls didnt stop when the donation drive did though amazingly so we are doing it again this weekend. In our local area our motels,that are normally summer only have been opened up to provide shelters for approximately 400 displaced people. We have entire families with just the clothes on their back. No cars, no money nothing. On top of that we are planning hot meals to be brought in from generous people all around, including rounding up everything necessary to feed them a Thanksgiving meal. Once we accomplish that we are going to focus on a Christmas toy drive. It has to be on the mind of EVERY parent and EVERY child alike. When asked what we need we are saying everything and anything. Most of the people only have what they wore to the shelter. Continued donations are going to be necessary for months and months to come. People need to rebuild and refurbish their homes. As well as cloth their entire family. Again We appreciate your generosity more then we can say!
Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!!
I have about 2 cabinets full of toys(above photo) that I have been collecting over this year from brands who have asked me to do a review or wanted to participate in our Holiday Gift Guide. We will be sending these toys to the children who lost their toys due to the storm. We certainly want to them to have a Christmas. I was also told there is a woman who is 8 1/2 months pregnant and she has nothing for the baby. Since talking about this on Facebook, we have had several fans want to join in and help. If you would like to help here is a list of items that we are going to be taking in to send. Please print out this letter to include in your box.
- Health & Beauty Items
- Toilet Papare, Baggies,Paper Towels
- Food ( Hey all you couponers they CAN use FREE Product Coupons)
- Trash Bags
- Baby Items
- Anything else you can think of, remember they have NOTHING.
I have no idea how we are going to pay all the shipping costs but I feel like the Lord has led me to help and that he will provide some how. Some people have even asked if we could put up a special Chip-In Widget to help cover costs for shipping instead of donating an item. You can also help by tweeting:
Help #HurricaneSandy Victims via @ConsumerQueen http://bit.ly/RlBV1R #CQRelief
If you are a brand that would also like to get involved please email me at: Melissa@ConsumerQueen.com
You can also Mail packages directly to:
CQ Hurricane Sandy Relief
112 willow dr. North cape may, nj 08204
A HUGE thanks to Hanes for sending socks for the Hurricane Sandy Victims. If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet we would encourage you to also send socks to the victims both adults and children to the address above. Check out Hanes FB page and tell them TY. You can also help them donate more here.
We would like to thank Kidz Love Soccor for donating new soccor jerseys and polos to help clothe some of the victims. – Kidz Love Soccer is based in Sunnyvale California. It is a soccer program designed to teach kids ages 2-10 the fundamentals of soccer in a non competitive fashion. We teach age appropriate games where laughter and having fun is a key ingredient in our curriculum. We have programs in California, Oregon and Washington, and have been around for over 30 years. I’ve been a part of it for 6 years and I asked my work family if they could help me in my journey to help those in need. I’m so thankful that they came to my calling and are helping me to help others. Check out their FB page and tell them thank you!