I was recently contacted by Tom Stanton from Charlotte, NC about a trip that he is organizing to New York City. Tom and I have been in contact over the last couple of months talking about the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run that he organized the morning of the Stair Climb in October. While in Charlotte, we were able to meet a few of the guys from FDNY Engine Co. 217. During the Hurricane Sandy destruction in New York/ New Jersey, the guys that we met at the stair climb sustained damage to their houses and are in need of help. (Read my post about the run/climb here and here)
Brothers in the fire service help others that are in need. The guys from E-217 are in need and we are answering the call. A convoy will be leaving the Charlotte area on Thursday, November 15th, headed to New York. So far, we have about 13 volunteers that will be traveling up with us. We will mainly be there to work on the FDNY firefighter's houses, but will also be helping anyone in need. The guys from Charlotte are coordinating a few donation drives this week and the collection points for the two days will be at Lowes Stores in Charlotte (South Blvd and Northlake Mall). 10275 Perimeter Parkway Charlotte, NC 28216. I will be joining them shortly after they reach Virginia, and traveling the rest of the way with them.
If you would like to join us, see the press release below for additional information.
Volunteers Needed – Hurricane Sandy Recovery
A volunteer effort is underway to help those suffering the long lasting effects of Hurricane Sandy. Firefighters from the NC/SC area will be heading to NY on Thursday, November 14th to help our brothers and sisters that have been impacted by the storm. The team will leave Thursday at Noon, and head to NY. We will return Sunday, leaving the NY area early in the morning. Transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided.
We will be hosting collection of donated goods in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov 14th and 15th to bring with us. If you have something to donate, please let us know. If you are in the NY/NJ area and have a specific need, we would like to know and try to help.
For more information, please contact Tom at T2TCharlotte@gmail.com.
Updates will follow.