It is common, at this time of the year, for Wales-Darby to begin their holiday collection for the Island Harvest food bank. Employees are encouraged to "give back" by donating non-perishable foods and / or monetary gifts.
The collection this year, however, takes on an even greater meaning as these donations will be going directly to our neighbors severely affected by the recent "Superstorm" Sandy and the Nor'Easter that immediately followed in its wake. The devastation across Long Island from these storms is such as has not been seen in decades - or, ever, by many of us.
In addition to our "harvest" collection, we are also accepting donations of gently used, clean coats and blankets. These will be given to distribution centers in the hardest-hit areas and provided to those who still have no power - or gas - or heat. Current estimates for restoring electric and gas service to certain areas are frightening. It could be Christmas - or later - until some families have warm homes again. It's amazing how easy it is to take these comforts for granted . . . until you don't have them . . . in November or December . . . and the mercury is dipping into the 30s at night!
If you are interested in helping our efforts, please drop off your donations at the front desk of our NY office located at 2910 Express Drive South in Islandia. Thank you!