On the morning of November 5th, I spent about seven hours helping to unload—then distribute—food and care packages at the Ryan-NENA Community Health Center on the Lower East Side. The neighborhood itself was affected by power outages in the wake of superstorm Sandy; but using a generator, Ryan-NENA was able to continue providing critical healthcare services while their community was in the dark.
On Monday, the non-profit organization Direct Relief dropped off more than 70 boxes worth of donated goods at Ryan-NENA for distribution to their patients and to others in the neighborhood. Their volunteers joined with the Center’s staff to sort through bottles of infant/toddler formula, energy bars and personal hygiene products. In two shifts—one morning, one afternoon—our team was able to hand out items to more than 400 people, including children and seniors.
So many people in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere need help in the aftermath of Sandy; it was good to be able to help even just a few of them at Ryan-NENA.
–Sid Dinsay, account supervisor