When Superstorm Sandy ravaged our neighborhood and City, the generosity of strangers and neighbors alike demonstrated Grace in the Storm and carried us through unprecedented times. It’s our turn to support those in Texas and Oklahoma devastated by the tornadoes this week.
The Grace in the Storm partner churches will be receiving special offerings each of the next two Sundays to support Somebody Cares America’s (SCA) response to the tornadoes. SCA was the first ministry to provide relief supply trucks to our community within twenty-four hours of Sandy, and connected NY/NJ to many resource partners throughout the Sandy relief effort, including emergency supplies, hot food, winter coats, and cash. They have similarly been on the ground in Texas and Oklahoma since the tornadoes touched down. You can read a field update of their work here: https://somebodycares.org/tornado-relief-oklahoma-and-texas.
It is our privilege to support SCA’s work responding to the tornadoes as they supported us following Sandy. Help us raise $10,000 online by contributing extravagantly here:
All financial donations are tax deductible and will be utilized 100% to support the tornado relief efforts in Texas and Oklahoma through Somebody Cares America. Donate online by clicking on the image above, or by mail c/o:
Abounding Grace Ministries
P.O. Box 20340
New York, NY 10009
Thank you for continuing to model Grace in the Storm.
Enjoy photos from PS 34′s first ever pep rally on December 21, 2012, celebrating the school’s overall “A” rating, its central role in relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy, the basketball team’s sponsored uniforms and warm-up suits, holiday toys for all 420 students, and much more! Sponsored by Abounding Grace Ministries and 20/20 Vision for Schools.
Watch the “PS 34 Hall of Fame” slideshow presented at the pep rally.
On Friday, December 21, Grace in the Storm will distribute toys to all 420 students at PS 34 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side from 12-2.
Located at the corner of Avenue D and 12th Street, PS 34 is the school one block south of the Con Edison plant that exploded during Sandy causing the Manhattan power outage, and served as the staging area for much of our Sandy relief efforts last month. A kindergarten through eighth grade school, PS 34 received an overall “A” score from the City in October after six years of incremental improvements that began in 2006. That alone would be reason to celebrate the school, but combined with its central role in relief efforts following the storm, it’s a special joy to honor PS 34 this year. Volunteers will assist parents and teachers in visiting every elementary school classroom, and will also produce a student assembly for the entire middle school.
A donor from Colorado initiated the toy drive on behalf of PS 34 after following the efforts of Grace in the Storm via Facebook. Her family’s generosity multiplied many times over to include three North Carolina churches, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and The Legacy Center in Queens, resulting in not only toys for PS 34, but also a nearby homeless shelter and the devastated communities of South Beach and Midland Beach in Staten Island.
The truck from North Carolina loaded with thousands of new toys arrives in Staten Island on Friday afternoon for a Saturday distribution at 300 Father Capodano Boulevard.
When: Friday, 12/21, 11:30-2:30 Where: PS 34 (Avenue D and 12th Street), Manhattan Contact: Stephanie Curry, 719-213-0771 What: Toy distribution via classroom visits and Middle School Assembly
When: Friday afternoon, 12/21, and Saturday all day, 12/22 Where: 300 Father Capodano Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305 Contact: Steven Martino, 718-812-9894 What: Toy and clothing distribution
The images captured above were captured by relief volunteer and Abounding Grace Ministries member Jonathen Adkins. Feel free to check out the rest of his incredible work at his website www.jonathenadkins.com.
Operation Blessing needs YOUR Help to prepare for the “Breezy Point Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop.”
This will be the FIRST large community event since the storm.
Volunteers Needed Tuesday – Friday (Dec. 10th – 14th): (1 or 2 shifts per day available. Please arrive 15 mins. before each shift and meet at the Christmas Tree at the Breezy Point Stores located at 202-30 Rockaway Pt. Blvd in Breezy Point, NY.)
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteers will be assembling shelves, unloading trucks full of brand new toys, stocking shelves with toys, and wrapping gifts!
Friday Night Wrapping Party
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: We will be wrapping gifts for the children.
Saturday – EVENT DAY
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM (Wrapping Gifts and Stocking Shelves with Toys)
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Wrapping Gifts and Stocking Shelves with Toys)
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Event)
**Those helping with the event need to be at a logistics meeting at 2:00 PM at the “Ages Birth – 5″ Tent.
QUESTIONS: Please call our volunteer coordinator, Jen Wakefield at 757.374.0944 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace in the Storm is proud to benefit from the generosity of local artists committed to giving back to the community, like Tanamachi Studios.
Through the end of 2012, 100% of the proceeds of this poster will go to Grace in the Storm, an organization providing radical care for Hurricane Sandy victims in NYC’s Lower East Side/East Village. For more information, visit Grace in the Storm’s website.
24″ X 32″ two color screen print on 100lb. cover weight Mr. French Nightshift Blue paper. Edition of 100. Purchase here.
I would like to invite you to come out this Saturday 12/08/12 with Inwood Church and Calvary Church from York, PA, to give gift bags containing: Jesus film, key study bible, fleece blanket, homemade cookies, some have gift cards and hand made scarves and more to families affected by Hurricane Sandy. We will also be doing DEMOLITION AND CLEAN-UP. Dress warm, with boots and gloves.
If you are coming pls txt me at (917) 477-9164 ONLY TXT -THANK YOU
PLEASE ARRIVE BY 8:30 AM IF POSSIBLE. We leave Breeze Point by 4 pm. if you are able to join us for dinner, we will stop in Brooklyn at John’s Deli to have his amazing roast beef Sandwich “the works.”
Last weekend’s clothing distribution marks the return of the pop-up relief site that became the largest in Manhattan in the week following Sandy. Organized by a grass-roots network of churches and community groups on Tuesday after the storm, they provided hot meals, water, non-perishable food and other needed supplies to 20,000 people over five days.
“When you marry the resource base with groups like Red Cross and Somebody Cares with the grass-roots sensibility and the relational equity that exists with faith-based groups and community groups on the ground, special things happen,” Del Rio said in a video posted at graceinthestorm.com a day after the outreach. “That’s definitely been our story following Hurricane Sandy. The silver lining to this superstorm has been the way that community has unfolded so organically so dramatically for the benefit of so many.”
“Congregations can be effective first responders during crises because we know the needs of our communities, and have earned the trust of our neighbors,” said Pastor Guy Wasko of Trinity Grace Church, another of the organizers. “When emergency response groups work together with us, we can minimize gaps and match relief to the greatest need. This is what it means to be a good neighbor.”