- Posted November 10, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories
(4) Bikes Bring Hurricane Relief for Staten Island (4 of 5 videos)
THE MISSION: Find a problem and fix it.
Lots of people say they don't know how to volunteer or help in a crisis. It is not rocket science. Just go deep into wherever there is the most trouble, find someone who is making a difference, and ask "What do you need?" Then
do what they ask.
At least, that is how I do it. I took a load of relief supplies south past the dead end near Midland Ave., to the community near Cedar Grove Ave. which is closed to traffic. Folks there are forced to carry in relief supplies by hand or by shopping cart. Bike borne aid was most welcome.
At the supply depot on Cedar Grove, I asked Diane, who organized the depot, what she needs. Tarps, cleaning supplies, lights, generators, hand sanitizer, says she, desperate for tarps. I text the bike volunteers. 15 minutes later, Ben and Sarah show up with huge tarps, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. Pretty good for a bunch of guerilla volunteers!