It’s been a mere month since Hurricane Sandy’s wind and storm surge slammed into Broad Channel and Howard Beach, washing away homes, memories and in some cases, lives.
Now, as the holidays kick into full swing, local businesses are teaming up to help those who have been hit hard by Sandy during the season.
Last week, Lindenwood’s Tuscany Deli handed out 100 turkeys to hurricane survivors and raised $2,000 to feed those with damaged homes on Thanksgiving.
Marly Gurino, who owns the store with her husband John, said she was able to cater dinner for 86 hurricane survivors on Thanksgiving.
“As long as we were able to verify that they lived in a place that was damaged, we fed them,” Gurino said.
The deli delivered a “traditional Thanksgiving dinner” to the 86 people wherever they have been relocated to, mostly to other parts of Queens, from their homes in Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach and Broad Channel.
Now, with Christmas less than a month away, Gurino said she is putting together a Christmas collection to give gift cards out to hurricane survivors as part of the Tuscany Deli Santa’s List.
So far, she said, $3,000 has been raised for the effort and she hopes to raise another $1,500 to $2,000 before Christmas.
Among the local business that have already donated are; Lindenwood Laundromat, Tonar Construction, Whitestone’s London International Awards and Ariola Reality. Gurino said Foot Locker offered to donate a pair of sneakers for everyone who lost clothing in the storm. Contributions have also come in from private citizens from as far away as Arizona and Florida.
Anyone interested in helping out with Tuscany Deli’s Santa List with a contribution should contact Marly Gurino in personat Tuscany Deli, 82-41 153 Ave. in the Lindenwood Shopping Center, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (917) 838-5893.