After Hurricane, Babies In Desperate Need Of Diapers And Formula

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The news that Manhattan finally regained its power probably has a lot of folks thinking that New York is coming through the storm. The truth of the matter is there are parts of New York that are recovering quicker than others. Some of the hardest hit areas are still are struggling with no power and very limited resources. One of those areas is the Far Rockaway section of Brooklyn – where there are a lot of babies in need of basic necessities.

From the Rockaway Recovery Tumblr page:

Many residents of Far Rockaway have limited resources in the best of times. Since the storm hit, they have been without power, without heat, and sometimes, without food. People there told us homes are being looted for food and supplies.  Local charities are working as hard as they can. But ongoing power outages have prevented grocery stores and other businesses from reopening and it will be at least another week before power is restored to the area.

We arrived with hot meals for more than 200 people, donated by local restaurants in our area. These were gone within an hour, leaving dozens waiting in the cold. Most people arrived with small children. They told us that this was their first hot meal in nearly a week.

There are a lot of babies in the community that need diapers, baby wipes and formula. If you live in Brooklyn and would like to donate, you can drop off supplies at The New York Communities for Change (NYCC) office at 2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn NY 11217.  They are collecting donations and transporting them to Far Rockaway twice a day. Stop by between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Can you imagine – no power, no heat, no access to transportation? Add to that a baby that you can’t provide diapers or formula for?

If you do not live in the area, or can’t get here to help – you can make a cash donation on the NYCC fundraising page.

You can also order diapers, formula and wipes online and ship to:

New York City Council Member James Sanders, Jr.

Attn: Donovan Richards

234-26 Merrick Blvd.

Laurelton, NY 11413


(photo: Arkadymar/