Several folks have written and asked how they might help the victims of Superstorm Sandy in New York. I’m pleased to say that I’ve arranged for a way to feed the victims with EVERY PENNY going directly to the purchase of food, with NO administrative costs, whatsoever.
Saint Theresa’s Church on Staten Island has a food pantry run by a terrific religious sister, Sister Margaret Mary. I spoke with her today and the situation is dire. I’ve been to the affected areas repeatedly. No gas, electric, heat, hot water, telephone. The Red Cross, Salvation Army, et al. have been nowhere in sight.
Gas lines are a several hour ordeal.
Many supermarkets still have no power and can’t sell retail.
In short, it’s like a third world country. In similarly affected areas of Queens, New York, it has descended into anarchy. It’s a disgrace, but that’s a topic for later analysis. Right now we have fellow Americans in extreme distress.
Sister Margaret Mary can get institutional commodity suppliers to do direct deliveries as needed, and every donation made is as appreciated as it is critical. Here’s how you can help. Just send your check (which is tax-deductable) made out to: St. Theresa’s Food Pantry.
Address your envelope to:
St. Theresa’s Food Pantry
c/o Sr. Margaret Mary
1634 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10314
When you send your donation, just mention how you heard about the fund so I can get a sense of how wide a net we cast. Perhaps people’s parishes or prayer groups could adopt the food pantry.
If anyone can copy this to their own blog or Facebook account, I would be personally very grateful. When I began this blog, I made a vow that I would never seek a single red penny for myself, and as of next month when Coming Home turns three, I am proud to say that I have honored that vow. I only ask (and rarely, at that) for support for others.
This is as pro-life as it gets, folks. The cold weather is setting in now, and we have a Nor’easter on the way for next week. If you want a solid and reliable guarantee that your money will make a difference, Sister Margaret Mary and her Food Pantry are the real deal. Here’s the link to the food pantry at St. Theresa.
God Bless you all for your loving generosity!!
Update 11/4/12: Many are asking in emails if there is a paypal account. I’ll talk with Sister Margaret Mary about this, but please don’t hesitate to send a check. The devastation is so extensive, so deep and severe that the acute needs will last past Thanksgiving. The chronic needs will last well into the New Year. We need to feed multitudes for months to come. Many of these areas were impoverished to begin with, with frightful unemployment rates that were well above the national average. Snail mail will get the money here in plenty of time to do a world of good. God Bless!