Ridgefield Responds To Hold New Drive For Sandy Victims

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Sandy victims select canned food at a center in the Rockaways Nov. 28. Ridgefield Responds donated food and coats to the Rockaways, and a second drive will take place on Dec. 15. Photo Credit: Alley Maher

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Ridgefield Responds is holding another canned food, clothes and toy drive for those in the Rockaways area of New York who are still affected by Hurricane Sandy.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the nonprofit will be at the Schlumberger property on Old Quarry Road from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. to collect everything from toys to clothes and food to cleaning supplies.

This is the second time the group has worked to collect items for the area.

“They asked again for baby food, canned goods, water, cat litter and pet food,” said Ridgefield Selectman Di Masters, who originally spearheaded the organization in response to Hurricane Katrina. “They are also in need of unwrapped toys because they are organizing a holiday event for the children.”

Ridgefield Responds has been collecting, organizing and delivering winterwear and other items, but donations for day-to-day basics such as water, toiletries, and food have been lacking.

Many residents of the Rockaways continue to need cleaning supplies; nonperishable food items including canned goods, cereal and baby food; and other staples. Many stores are not yet reopened in the area, and some people still remain without basic resources.

There will be tables set up to collect new, donated toys at The Toy Chest from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. during the drive Saturday. There will also be a collection point at Ancona's from 11 a.m - to 3 p.m. A trip to the Rockaways will take place on Dec. 18 to distribute donations.

“The need now isn’t just for clothing. It’s for food. It’s for diapers. It’s for baby food,” said Masters. “Anything you can think of that you use every day, that’s what they need.”

Tax deductible contributions also continue to be desperately needed for all areas and can be made online at ridgefieldresponds.org via PayPal or by mail to: Ridgefield Responds – Sandy, 
Treasurer, Town Hall
, 400 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

For more information on what Ridgefield Responds is doing to help, or to volunteer, visit their website.

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