I’ve been an intolerable knot of whiny helplessness and frustration since Sandy hit my pretty city and the surrounding areas. While I have somehow emerged from this mess totally unscathed, my neighbors, fellow NY-ers, and family (having a very hard time on Long Island) have not been so lucky. If you too are searching for ways to help, please consider the following:
♥ Urban Librarians Unite is taking donations of children’s books, unused activity or coloring books, and crayons for NYC children who fell victim to Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to donate or volunteer your home as a drop-off point for supplies, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read all about Urban Librarians Unite’s efforts here.
♥ Your main girl Rita, over at Screwy Decimal, has compiled a lengthy list of NYC Hurricane Relief links. Check it out and pass it on.
♥ There is devastating new about the Ali Forney Center’s drop-in center, which provides support and housing for homeless LGBT youth. The supplies have been destroyed and the center is uninhabitable. Says Carl Siciliano:
This is a terrible tragedy for the homeless LGBT youth we serve there. This space was dedicated to our most vulnerable kids, the thousands stranded on the streets without shelter, and was a place where they received food, showers, clothing, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, and mental health and substance abuse services. Basically a lifeline for LGBT kids whose lives are in danger….
…It is heartbreaking to see this space come to such a sad end. For the past seven years it has been a place of refuge to thousands of kids reeling from being thrown away by their parents for being LGBT. For many of these kids coming to our drop-in center provided their first encounter with a loving and affirming LGBT community. I thank all of you for your care and support in a most difficult time.
This tears out my soul. If you are able to donate to this beyond-worthy cause, please click here or send a check to Ali Forney Center/ATTN: Andria Ottley, 224 West 35th St, Suite 1500, NY,NY 10001.
It has been so wonderful to see people rally around their neighbors by donating money and supplies to those in need. Keep on trucking, everyone. And be well.
If you have any links or worthy Hurricane Sandy-related causes in mind, please feel free to list them in the comments. It would be much appreciated.
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid