The following announcement is from Tammy Ehrenfeld from the Tuckahoe School District.
When tragedy hits your neighborhood, it is expected for neighbors to help neighbors, but when tragedy hits your neighbor’s family, that’s the times when those with true humanitarian spirit rise above the pack.
Such is the case when Peggy and Todd Hommel, along with coordination from
Tuckahoe Youth Association (TYA) and Tuckahoe After School Care (TASC) heard about Tuckahoe’s Mary and Frank Moran’s family from Belle Harbor, Rockaway Queens having to move in with the Morans because of the devastating effects from Sandy.
The Moran’s found themselves housing, feeding, transporting and assisting 26 family members, 3 dogs and a bird.
TYA and TASC, took action, organizing not only supplies based on urgency: cleaning supplies, gloves, masks, food staples, medical supplies, but also man/woman and child power.
A call was put out to the Tuckahoe community and necessary supplies started flowing into the community center. The supplies were sorted,
packaged and labeled.
On Saturday night 12 SUV’s were loaded and made ready for the
Sunday, November 11, 2012 caravan. The vehicles were loaded not only
with the supplies, but with the people who were willing to get their hands
dirty, and headed towards Belle Harbor, and Far Rockaway.
“Upon arriving at the devastated area, people’s first reaction was that
of disbelief. The images you see on TV do not paint a true picture of what
the areas are like.
There are people's lives on the sidewalk- next to 12 foot high mounds of contaminated sand on every block and every street- the devastation is truly indescribable.” say Peggy and Todd Hommel.
Vehicles, that were too damaged to start, had to be lifted by the
volunteers in order to be moved off of people’s property.
People’s homes that were still structurally sound needed several feet and tons of sand moved out of the lower levels. Many were not so lucky and lost their home and belongings; left to reside in motels.
Mary Moran with gratitude says, “The support we received at the
various family homes has made a huge difference in our lives, the kind words of concern and the supplies makes us realize we are not alone. We are grateful and so lucky to have 26 family members to see and hug and we are so thankful to have them stay here with us.
They have children attending different schools, replacing vehicles and looking for alternate living quarters, so being able to provide a warm home, good meals and a grateful hug at the end of their crazy day is the very least we can do for our family.”
“Tuckahoe, Bronxville and Eastchester residents have exhibited a true sense
of love and community support, we are lucky to be living in such a
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