People Helping People Helps Hurricane Sandy Victims

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A Grassroots effort started by individuals from New Hampshire & Massachusetts, People Helping People collects, transports, and donates essential items to people in some of the hardest hit areas of NY.

There is no better feeling than being part of a group that comes together to help others in a time of need, especially when we can get it done for free.

Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, causing particularly severe damage in New York. People Helping People is a grassroots effort, created by Susan Caldwell of Applaud Women, to get much needed items to some of the hardest hit areas of New York. With Susan’s vision to directly assist the victims still without many of the essentials, People Helping People was formed.

Kathy Spencer of How to Shop For Free and Alyssa Kevlahan jumped on board to assist with coordination. With the help of friends, colleagues, family and strangers volunteering, People Helping People quickly grew into something bigger than Susan ever imagined.

Made up of donors, collectors and transporters, ALL volunteers, People Helping People is currently accepting the following items for donation:
*industrial strength black garbage bags                                                                                                                                                     *heavy duty rubber gloves                                                                                                                                     *bottled water                                                                                                                                                             *non-perishable food                                                                                                                                         *flashlights                                                                                                                                                                 *batteries (AA, AAA, D)                                                                                                                                         *generators                                                                                                                                                                        *hand sanitizer                                                                                                                                                             *toilet paper and paper towels                                                                                                                                 *toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo etc.)                                                                                                *new underwear and socks in packaging- all sizes                                                                                                 *paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware (to distribute food)                                                                         *disposble diapers, wipes, baby food, formula and bottles                                                                                     *new toys/activities for kids                                                                                                                                        *plastic bins                                                                                                                                                                 *dog and cat food                                                                                                                                                        *manual can openers                                                                                                                                                 *blankets                                                                                                                                                             *disposable cameras                                                                                                                                             *markers and poster board                                                                                                                                    *sanitary wipes                                                                                                                                                *cleaning supplies
Cash, gift cards, and clothing are not being accepted at this time.

Donations can be sent or dropped off at the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Cambridge
ATTN: Alyssa Kevlahan, Operations Manager
6 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142

Where are the donations going?
All of the donations collected will be sent to the three sites below.

129-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Far Rockaway, NY 11694
(718) 634-6464
This is a direct distribution center. All donations are directly distributed to those in need.

World Resort Casino (formally Aqueduck Raceway)
110-00 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica, NY 91420
This is a direct distribution center. All donations are directly distributed to those in need.

600 New Dorp Lane,
Staten Island, NY
Also known as Miller Field on the corner of Mill Rd. and New Dorp Lane.
Sgt. Chan-Shue 646-610-5323 and Det. Nojeromo 646-610-7866, 110 Precinct
This is a semi-direct distribution center. All donations will be loaded onto trucks and distributed by the Army National Guard to direct organizations in the area.

Who is delivering all of the donations?
There are currently two volunteer drivers.

When will the donations be delivered to NY?
Dates are TBD.

Can't donate anything, but would like to volunteer?
People Helping People is in need of drop-off locations. Please contact Alyssa Laurenza at amkevlahan(at) Or join in on a group shopping trip with Kathy Spencer of How to Shop for Free.

Please spread the word. That's the best kind of help.

For more information about People Helping People, or to find out how to help please contact any of the following volunteers:
Susan Caldwell - applaud(at)
Alyssa Kevlahan - amkevlahan(at)
Kathy Spencer - kathy(at)

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