DOVER — “This was so close to home. If [Hurricane Sandy] was another 60 miles south, we’d have the same issues they’re dealing with,” said Cheswold Volunteer Fire Co. 2nd Assistant Chief Josh Dempsey. “We lucked out. They got the short end of the stick.”
Which is why Mr. Dempsey, and the other firemen from Cheswold, are looking for donations to send to their brethren in the Brooklyn, N.Y. area — one of the worst hit areas.
Mr. Dempsey said the wife of a friend who works in the New York City Fire Department sent him a message on Facebook saying that the men and women helping those who lost everything have also lost everything.
“She said they needed clothes,” said Mr. Dempsey, who decided it was a time for action and decided to spread the word to get a large charitable drive going.
And while clothes are no longer needed — they don’t have the resources to launder them — many supplies are still needed.
According to Mr. Dempsey, the Friends of Firefighters Facebook page, which was set up after 9/11 to help support emergency responders and their families, is looking for a number of items, including blankets, school supplies, socks, work gloves, contractor-grade trash bags and toiletries.
A full list of needed- supplies can be found at www.friendsoffirefighters.org.
Mr. Dempsey said items can be dropped off at the firehouse, 371 Main St. in Cheswold, until 8 p.m. on Friday. The donations are being driven up to Brooklyn early Saturday morning.
If nobody is at the firehouse, Mr. Dempsey said to call his cellphone and he will come down to pick up the donations.
Mr. Dempsey can be reached at (302) 236-2748.
Shine the Light Project
Smyrna businesses, ShureLine Electrical and The Right Bottle, have decided to partner in an endeavor to give relief through resources to the areas hit by the hurricane.
The Right Bottle, 699 Jimmy Drive in Smyrna, is focusing on flashlight and batteries, a much-need commodity. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours (Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-7 p.m.).
ShureLine Electrical, 100 Artisan Drive in Smyrna, is focusing on portable generators. Generators are needed to help pump out enormous amounts of water from still submerged homes. Both businesses will also accept other supplies, including trash bags, rubber gloves, rubber boots, water, hats, gloves, scarves.
For more information on the project, The Right Bottle can be reached at 653-6131 and Shureline Electrical can be reached at 389-1114.
Other ways to help
In response to questions on how to help, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency released a list of suggestions for those interested in helping Hurricane Sandy victims on Wednesday.
Gary L. Laing, DEMA community relations officer, said a check with officials in each of the locations hurt by the storm turned up a number suggestions, including to not send clothes because emergency officials are not equipped to launder, sort, warehouse, or distribute such items; to send cash donations so necessary items can be purchased locally or regionally and distributed to people in need; and to make donations online to organizations like the American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries or Salvation Army.
Mr. Laing said companies wishing to make donations to New York should go to www.governor.ny.gov and click on the box “Companies Looking to Make Donations to Sandy victims”.
Individuals looking to assist victims in New Jersey can make donations to the New Jersey Relief Fund, which can be found at SandyNJReliefFund.org. Checks can also be mailed to New Jersey Relief Fund, P.O. Box 95, Mendham, NJ 07945-0095.