North Fork residents and active runners Jill Schroeder, Cynthia Cichanowicz and Nicole Wertz Alloway have begun a fundraising campaign for those who have suffered in the wake of Hurricane Sandy with a “Relay for Relief” on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic.
Suggested donation to participate is $10. The community event will allow participants to walk or run the half-mile mile track at the park as much as they like while helping raise funds for those in need.
Organizers were inspired by a group from Staten Island that are running their own 5K on the island, which was organized in protest to the New York City marathon before it was canceled Saturday morning, to raise disaster relief funds.
“We are helping to raise funds and goods for our local community, long island communities, and city boroughs that were greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy,” reads the hurricane relief Facebook event page. “Your help will provide food, warmth, and hope to those that lost so much.”
Organizers will also be accepting the following items:
• Industrial strength garbage bags
• Heavy duty rubber gloves
• Non-perishable food
• Flashlights and batteries (AA, AAA, D)
• Hand sanitizer
• Toilet paper
• Toiletries (toothbrushes, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, ect)
• New underwear and socks of all sizes
• Paper goods (to distribute food)
• Baby items (diapers, wipes, ect)
• Toys/activities for kids
• Gas and gas cans
• Plastic bins
• Dog and cat food
• Manual can openers
• Clean, dry, new and gently used clothing
• Blankets, pillows
• Hats, gloves, jackets
• Cleaning supplies
• Any other items that you can think of that can help in the efforts of rebuilding!
The group will also be continuing to accept goods at the following business until Nov. 10:
605 Pike Street
Mattituck NY 11952
Financial donations can also be made here: