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If I could host a one-hour show that includes nothing but good news, I would. Nothing generated from a public relations mind. Nothing staged from a political mind. Just honest, genuine, decent human beings talking about other honest, genuine, decent human beings. I wonder if people would watch?
We're changing things up tonight. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we've received dozens of nominations for our "New Yorker of the Week" award. You've asked us to recognize the hard work of your family, friends, neighbors, and fellow volunteers. We hear you. At 9 p.m., we will salute the best of New York for the entire hour.
Who do you know that's going above and beyond helping Sandy victims? Who stepped up when the storm struck? Which organization's volunteers are coming to the aid of your neighbors? If you've volunteered the past two weeks, what's it been like helping others during this tragedy?
Send your thoughts using the link above.
I couldn't be more PROUD of my children James and Christine, we live in zone A Hamilton Beach and stayed to ensure the safety of our property and neighbors. Once the flood subsided and the threat of snow and bitter cold was heading our way they insisted I leave since I am physically challenged and my staying would only make it more difficult for them, so I did and was able to remain connected thanks to facebook and learned they were applauded for their generosity and dedication to the community, my son for his vigilance in keeping looters at bay night after night and my daughter for making sure needs were met by the generous donations from out of area friends and family all this while trying to get our own home back together for me to return to after 6 feet of water ravaged the first floor.
Hamilton Beach, Queens
My son in law rescued 4 People from drowning on Lake Avenue in Sheepshead bay the night of the sandy. What a Wonderful man.
I can think of no one but no one else to lead this great fete of yours tonight by honoring our friends, neighbors and volunteers= BUT YOU JOHN SCHIUMO=I HAVE MENTIONED TO YOU A FEW TIMES THAT I FIRST BECAME ACQUAINTED WITH YOU ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 AND THEREAFTER. AND WAS SO IMPRESSED BY YOUR PATIENCE YOUR COMPASSION FOR SO LONG A TIME AND THEN WHEN THAT SHOW CAME TO A CLOSE I FOUND YOU ONCE AGAIN DOING THIS WONDERFUL JOB THAT YOU DO EVERY WEEK-DAY NIGHT AND SO I NOMINATE YOU AND ALSO MUST INCLUDE YOUR STAFF AS A CLOSE SECOND.
I COULD GO ON FOREVER BUT YOU ARE SO HUMBLE AND ALL OF THIS STEMS BACK TO YOUR UP-BRINGING AND I WILL LEAVE IT AT THAT. ONE MORE THING YOU CERTAINLY HAVE TOUCHED PEOPLES HEARTS AND HAVE MADE US ALL FEEL LIKE A SOMEBODY WHICH I KNOW WE CAN ATTEST TO THAT SINCE YOU ARE OUR VOICE TO FINALLY BE HEARD TO THE EARS OF OUR POLITICIANS.
Thank you John and staff,
I nominate MAMA SOUP, a local restaurant in College Point that went to the Rockaways with tons and tons of HOT SOUP, a team of volunteers and donated items that they collected.
They saved gas by collecting items from people that would not otherwise be able to get them to those in need. Megan and the Mama Soup Team ROCKED the ROCK!
Michele from College Point
I want to notice the president and board members of our tennant association & Visions & all the other people who came to our aid here at Selis Manor during the storm. I would also like to commend the supor of our building who was there every step of the way helping and making sure that the one elevator was always working and we had water to flush our toilets. God bless them all.
THE REASON FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING TODAY IS TOMORROW. AMEN.
Zerline & Margo
So many people and groups to mention: the staff and volunteers of the Park Slope Armory who cared for hundreds of elderly people who were evacuated from damaged senior residences; FUREE and Assemblywoman Millman (full disclosure, I work for her) and Councilman Steve Levin for efforts on behalf of tenants in the Gowanus Houses who were out of power for more than two weeks; the Red Hook Initiative for yeoman work for the residents of that neighborhood; two friends from high school Ray and Rennie who've been doing hard in the Rockaways since a couple days after the storm and created a big volunteer group; Families from PS 29 in Brooklyn who immediately swung into action after the storm collecting donations, mobilizing volunteers and a particular shout out to parent Ari of Supermovers for her extraordinary work using her trucks and warehouse to serve as a distribution center and deliver donations; Community members like Erin and Marisa who ran bake sales which raised thousands of dollars for local relief efforts and to help schools whose families lost everything; And of course Occupy Sandy whose idea of mutual aid has provided incredible assistance to victims of this storm all over NYC
Tamar, Brooklyn, NY
Ms. Delus and Ms. Doktofsky has distributed 3 to 4 Vans full of supplies from Huntington to Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Manhattan 4 separate trips. They have organize another round trip tomorrow morning.
I love your show and thank you for providing New Yorkers with this unique platform. I would like to honor all the children of C.O.O.L. Kids for their efforts.
C.O.O.L. ( Creating Our Own Legacy) Kids is a non -profit organization founded by a group of young college alumni looking to serve communities in need and encourage children to give back. Since the devastation of Sandy C.O.O.L Kids members have donated clothing, delivered food and basic needs to residents in Coney Island and help include children in our efforts. We currently have a group of youth ages 7- 11 in East Harlem creating cards, and care packages for Sandy survivors.
Please mention Ryan. He was able to get ambulances to broad channel, Roxbury, Rockaway point to replace the ones they lost. He along with Marty acquired defibrillator's for all of the volunteer fire departments effected by the storm. Each volunteer fire department received 10 bunker gears, tons of medical equipment and continue every day to visit these departments and bring needed equipment. As well as over 100 trips with food, water and clothing.
I want to thank The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation they came to Broad Channel Queens and gave every family a minimum of $300 in visa gift cards and a blanket made from recycled bottles.
John and Stacey
Non profit organization Caring Foundation responded right after Sandy hit, with food, water and winter clothes in Far Rockaway. We are currently trying to help a local church get cleaned up and some homes. We are hoping to help in Breezy Point.
I want to nominate: Chief Valentine - Fire Chief of the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Company; Ed is a hero to the people of Breezy and the Rockaway Peninsula; You guys need to do a story on him.
He gives his time . . . . . . without any regard or care for himself. He went above and beyond the call of duty!
Forest Hills, NY
I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who helped those who need help during that wicked storm. It's sure comforting to know that some people are still kind at heart for others in need, a big thank you !
Personally I have never experience something like this before, living without power for over one week, so please allow me to say thank you to a few friends, who help me through it.
To "the call" for having this topic tonight a big thank you !
Bay ridge has Bay Ridge Cares Kitchen - Serving Meals That Heal, they are making 800 meals a day all volunteers was just awarded a grant for there efforts.they started doing this right after SANDY and had no funds.
I would like to let you know about two very special Staten Islanders who have been helping each day since the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Staten Island Psychics Mark and Richie have been donating time, money and resources to Staten Islanders affected by Hurricane Sandy. The first few days after the storm - both Mark and Richie donated clothing, cleaning supplies and warm food to the relief efforts along with money in aid.
Future Grads has been out helping the residents of Far Rockaway since the storm. They will also be serving Thanksgiving meals on the day before and on Thanksgiving day. On Saturday, November 24th, Future Grads will be distributing supplies along with other organizations at The Holiness Church (122-14 Montauk St., Springfield Gardens 11413) Whole chicken and turkeys are needed to be prepared by Golden Krust.
I would like to report that St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 in Douglaston held our annual blood drive for St. Anastasia parish on Sunday November 11. We had a banner year with 70 pints of donated blood. We did this to help out in the disaster for there is a great need for blood donations.. We also collected funds at all the masses to help out in the relief efforts.
Glen Oaks Village. N.Y.