Call to Action: Supplies and donations needed in the Rockaways

One of our favorite people, Juli Thanki over at Engine 145, is rallying the troops to help those in need in the Rockaways, where our own Kevin Coyne lives and once taught at a school seriously impacted by the storm.  He is now the principal of another school where many students and staff were impacted by the hurricane as well. We’re so grateful to her for taking this initiative, though we’re not surprised by her act of kindness.

Her Facebook post is below, which outlines the various supplies that are needed and how you can drop them off. If you’re not in the D.C. / Northern Virginia area and would still like to help, you can e-mail Leeann at for the PayPal account information. We sincerely appreciate anything you can do to help Kevin’s community. Thank you, as always, for being a part of the Country Universe family.


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life, Kevin’s a school principal who lives in the Rockaways. Many of his teachers and students were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. These folks are going to need a lot of help. That’s where we come in. Here’s a list of things they currently need:

Winter Clothes
Cleaning Supplies
Diapers/Pull Ups
Canned Food/Dry Food
Hygiene Products/Hand Sanitizer/Wipes
Phone Cards/Metrocards
Pens/Pencils/Notebooks/Crayons/Colored Pencils
Early Childhood Toys/Furniture/Games/Puzzles
Children’s Books
Construction Paper/Folders

If you’re in the DC/Northern Virginia area and have goods to donate, I’ll come pick them up; just send me a message. We’re working on dropoff locations in other parts of the country, as well as setting up a PayPal fund. Obviously, rebuilding efforts are going to take a lot of time and money. But let’s do what we can to pitch in and help some people regain even the tiniest bit of normalcy to their lives. Thanks, everyone.

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