Deadline Extended for Super Storm Sandy Donations
They pulled up to the BSO substation across from city hall and opened the back end of the compact car. Reaching inside, Mission President Hazel Graves and Emma Ramsey dragged out what formerly had been a recycling bin, this one full of everything from diapers to hand sanitizer.
Lugging it inside, they delivered an outpouring of generosity from the members at Cathedral Church of God collected just a day earlier.
And their personal generosity extended even further.
“We wanted to help pack it up,” said Ramsey, still in her uniform from work. “But we couldn’t figure out where to go.”
That might have been one reason donations lagged this past weekend. Mayor Peggy Noland had urged residents to offer storm-stunned residents of Breezy Point, N.Y. shoe boxes filled with deodorant, shampoo and hand sanitizer.
She had mustered donations of warehouse space, a trucking company and of 2,000 shoe boxes. All that was needed was enough donated hygiene and personal supplies to fill them, as well as pallets to ship them on.
Maureen Williams of Coconut Creek turned up the day it began, November 13. Seven days later, however, she reported that the November 19 deadline for accepting donations had come and gone – and there were still shoe boxes to fill.
About 1,700 of them, to be exact.
“We were packing them on Saturday and we have gotten a few packages,” said Avis Swenson, president of Kiwanis Club of Deerfield Beach, which is organizing the effort. “And yesterday, because everybody thought it was the drop-dead due date, we got a lot of stuff. But right now we have 300 shoe boxes filled.”
Williams ventured that the Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving holidays interfered.
Noland said donations lagged because people just didn’t know it was happening.
“People that were close to all of us brought stuff in – churches, the Wyndam, but word didn’t get out soon enough,” she said. “People just didn’t hear about it.”
So the window for accepting donations has been re-opened. Blue and yellow recycled recycling bins are at area parks. Sheriff’s deputies are collecting contents daily and transferring them to a warehouse to be sorted into the shoe boxes, for shipment possibly as early as December 9.
The city will be collecting personal care items such as shampoo, conditoner, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, floss, deodorant, hair brushes, bandages, batteries, and flashlights at the following locations:
City Hall: 150 NE 2nd Avenue
Fire Station 4: 928 E Hillsboro Boulevard
Fire Station 51: 3192 N Powerline Road
Fire Station 66: 590 S Powerline Road
Fire Station 75: 71 SE 21st Avenue
Fire Station 102: 1441 SW 11th Way
Broward Sheriff’s Office District 10 Office: 300 NE 2nd Street
Broward Sherff's Office West Substation: 580 S Powerline Road
Central City Campus: 401 SW 4th Street
Westside Park: 445 SW 2nd Street
Constitution Park: 2841 W Hillsboro Boulevard
The extension brings help from another venue; the Deerfield Beach Surf Festival. Kenny Lawrence, coordinator for the December 8 weekend event, has 4,000 Facebook friends and expects email to reach 500,000 others. In addition to asking for toiletries and other shoebox items, Surfrider Foundation is asking for sweatshirts and blankets to forward to the American Red Cross.
"Thanksgiving is over. Black Friday is over,” Williams said. “We will see what more we have.”