1. OCCUPY SANDY: Occupy Sandy has emerged as one of the best grassroots organizers of the soggy chaos that's struck the shoreline areas of Brooklyn and Queens, from Breezy Point to the Rockaways. This group is organizing volunteer assistance for Thanksgiving Day. Basically, you should head to Sunset Park or Bay Ridge to one of two locations to help. Here's a quick summary of their info for today, Wednesday, and tomorrow, Thanksgiving Thursday:
- To Cook or Drop off Food Donations: Go to the kitchen at St. Johns (located at 9818 Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge) from 8am Wed morning until 6pm Thursday. Occupy Sandy volunteers will be prepping Thanksgiving meals in shifts from Weds 8am-6pm and 7pm-2am (or later if you can stay!). Also, Thanksgiving Thurs 8am-4pm.
- To Work at Recovery Sites: Don't just drive to the Rockaways to show up to work. Instead, volunteers can go to St. Jacobi Church (54th and 4th ave in Sunset Park) where the organizers will dispatch volunteers and cars to recovery sites from 8am until 2pm on Thanksgiving day. NOTE: St. Jacobi will not be taking in supplies on Thanksgiving day. 520 Clinton will be CLOSED on Thursday, Thanksgiving.
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2. Rockaways: 250 Turkeys for Thanksgiving: You can also volunteer to help out with a festive event featuring chef-cooked food and really good cheer:.
3. Red Hook: Red Hook Initiative, a nonprofit organization that existed before the storm, has been coordinating relief efforts for weeks. However, the baton has passed to a new local organizing group, Red Hook Volunteers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Coney Island: Coney Recovers has announced that they don't need more volunteers for Thanksgiving day, but they do need "stuff". Check their site for the most recent shopping list. Come the weekend, more volunteers will be needed.
4. Lowes Stores Offering Free Thanksgiving Meals: First come, first served. Find out where participating Brooklyn stores are; call beforehand to see if supplies still available, and then either go get some or alert someone you know who was affected by the storm. (On Wednesday morning at 11 AM, distribution of 22,000 traditional, family-style Thanksgiving meals from Boston Market to families in the hardest hit communities of Hurricane Sandy began.)