Human beings are amazing to me. The idea that one of our members at First Parish Church in Taunton had a few weeks ago of a toy drive for children who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy has grown to something I could never have imagined.
Last week, we held a clothing and necessities drive for the hardest hit areas of New York. We collaborated with the Taunton Fire Department, and were able to send down several bags full of warm clothing, blankets, toiletries and basic necessities. On Tuesday, I shared at the meeting that our clothing and necessities drive was finishing up, but that we were looking forward to collecting for the toy drive for Christmas. Several people asked about expanding the drive to include different kinds of toys, and other needs the people in New York might be having right now, as they are struggling to rebuild. I shared with them that though the church would be happy to help in any way we could, we were limited by the amount of things we could ship down.
Enter fate and angels in the form of Judy Witkowski. Judy is an agent for , and approached me during a breakout session of our meeting. ”I texted a friend of mine while you were talking. He owns a moving company, and I think he would be able to help you and the church. I’ll send you his information today.”
After a few voicemail and email exchanges, Judy’s friend and I caught up. He is a such a welcoming and kind person, it was a delight to visit with him! As I told him about our drive, and about the needs of the people in New York, some of whom had four feet of water in their homes, he said without hesitation “We’ll be there to help. Anything we can do. We can commit at least five trucks and we’ll help take care of this.” He is an owner of ., and is willing to give of both his time and his company…….his generosity is such a gift! It is this kind of person, and this kind of company, that makes the world a better place.
The donations will be going from to the , who have generously donated their space in Sayville to be a distribution center. I’m also so grateful to their president, David Jarmula, for organizing all of this on their end.
Human beings are amazing. AMAZING. The destruction that was caused in New York and New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy is virtually unparalleled on the East Coast. The images of those days, with the water rushing into the subway stations, and the houses being turned on their sides – it’s not something I’m going to forget any time soon, and it still fills me with sadness. I’m so profoundly grateful that our community here in Massachusetts is willing and able to give to our friends and neighbors. This is the goodness and greatness of us – what we are able to do through giving, and through truly being part of something greater than ourselves.
So let’s move together, friends! To find more specifics of the drive, including drop-off times and needed items, check out our . Let’s fill those trucks from and help lighten the load of our neighbors this holiday season!