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Occupy Storefront Collecting Donations, Seeking Volunteers

Ronkonkoma-based activist organization plans to personally deliver food, clothing and other necessities to areas struck by Hurricane Sandy.

The Occupy Storefront organization has shifted from activism to philanthropy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and its leaders are asking for the Sachem community to help get much needed aid to communities ravaged by the storm.

Jason Sullivan, a media spokesperson for the organization, said they are currently assembling crews, making sandwiches and other prep work to deliver to areas as near as Mastic Beach to as far as Atlantic Beach, NJ.

"We're planning to send stuff out to the city as well," Sullivan said. "We're trying to conserve gas so we're going to see if we can use mass transit, and car pool if we can."

Sullivan said they plan to work around the clock, and the storefront, just diagonal from the Ronkonkoma train station, will be open at all times, even if no one is manning it.

"We need donations," Sullivan said. "If anyone has any prepared foods, sandwiches, blankets, clothes, diapers, batteries; people can drop stuff off [at the storefront]. We're also asking for volunteers to drive, to distribute food, stuff along those lines," Sullivan added.

If anyone has items to donate, they can drop it off in the doorway of the Occupy Storefront location at 59 Railroad Avenue in Ronkonkoma. The doors will be open at all times.

rosie November 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
could you please give a number where people can call you. i would like to prepare food and do what i can to help out but it would be easier since there is a gas shortage to find out by phone what you need. thanks i hope other people that hae been fortunate will help you guys out as well.
Cheryl November 02, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I echo Rosie's comments. I am a Girl Scout Leader and my troop would love to help. We have reached out to the Red Cross to drop off items at the Sachem HS Shelter , but haven't yet heard back from them. I have many girls that are looking to help in a hands on capacity. Please provide a phone #. I can just show up with 12+ girls!
Lily Zajc November 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Does anyone know where in the three village area there is a drop off point for supplies for those in need in Sandy's aftermath?
Matthew McGevna (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 10:00 PM
A number to call to drop off supplies at Occupy Storefront is 631-648-8811. Give them a call and join the rest. Sullivan just told me the donations have been coming in at a good clip.
Cheryl November 02, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Rosie: I just found this on the Patch FB page: A number to call to drop off supplies at Occupy Storefront is 631-648-8811
rosie November 03, 2012 at 12:32 AM
thanks cheryl i hope we can all make a difference and help each other out instead of complaining :))) lets all ban together and help those that are in need..i will be calling tomorrow i hope everyone else will also!!
Mary Lamb November 03, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Oceanside is in desperate need, just North of the train station. Totally flooded and no help yet!! Lots of children on the block.
JOSEPH ARABIA November 03, 2012 at 12:04 PM
HOW ABOUT GETTING BOXTRUCKS PLACED AT ALL OF OUR LOCAL FIREHOUSES FOR DROP OFF POINTS. WE HAVE MANY OF OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND FAMILY WHO CAN MAN THEM. WE JUST NEED SOMEONE WITH BOX TRUCKS, AND SOMEONE LIKE THE PATCH TO ORGANIZE THIS. WE HAVE NEIGHBORS THAT NEED OUR HELP RIGHT ON THIS ISLAND NOW FROM LINDENHURST TO LYNBROOK. WE DID IT FOR KATRINA, NOW LETS DO IT FOR OURSELVES. FIND A TRUCK RENTAL COMPANY AND LETS DO THIS. PATCH TAKE THE LEAD. NEIGHBORS GET INVOLVED. NEXT TIME IT COULD BE YOU!
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