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Babylon Town FDs Holding Sandy Fundraising Blitz on Sat.

150 firefighters and 20 trucks will head out to ask residents to "fiill the boot" for Sandy victims.

The Town of Babylon Fire Chiefs Association, in conjunction with their Hurricane Relief Fund, will hold a fundraising blitz throughout the town on Saturday, Jan. 5 to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The blitz will begin at 9 a.m. at Babylon Town Hall as members from all 11 of the town's fire departments will take up posts at major intersections donning their firefighting boots.

The firefighters will ask residents to help "fill the boot" with donations for people still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, which struck the area over two months ago.

All money donated will go directly to Town residents in need of monetary help.

In addition to over 150 firefighters and 20 of their trucks, Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, former Town Councilwoman Ellen McVetty and members of the Fire Chiefs' Association will be out to ask the public for their help.

According to a release from the town, two high-profile locations in the town will include Commack Road and Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon and Route 109 at Little East Neck Road in West Babylon.

Gina Bonner January 06, 2013 at 02:57 AM
I have seen them down at the Beach Club many times with supplies, and they were always there to lend an ear and whatever we needed. I personally know they have NOTHING to do with the Beach Club or the Church,,,both were used as sites to set-up. So to the person that has been bashing these wonderful people, I am appalled and feel sorry for you. Obviously, your anger with what is going on is affecting your sense of judgment, but knowing the people of this organization, I know they would NEVER hold that against you. Contact them, as I am certain they will help in any way they can. I had to speak up here because I will not let these enormous efforts go unnoticed....Neighbors Helping Neighbors, PLEASE keep doing what you are ding and don't let the words of one misguided person taint your efforts. My family will forever be grateful for EVERYTHING you have done and continue to do...With much love & respect, Gina
AndyCooper January 06, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Good for you Gina. Good to see someone that has the class to not request extravagant gifts or take advantage of others generosity. Hope he enjoys his new bike!
Bob Coffey January 06, 2013 at 04:11 AM
I am so humbled by the tireless effort of strangers who have come to our aid. We still have a ways to go as we rebuild, but we are truly overwhelmed by the support of our Community. We don't belong to any local Organizations, Clubs or Church's yet they all came to our aid. We will always be grateful for the help we have received and we hope to return the help to others in the future. This experience has truly re-instilled my belief in my fellow Man. It has brought us all together and has made us closer as a Community and that is the one positive this disaster has given us, the one gift we will cherish the most. Bob
LindaYurkerwich January 06, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Mr Cooper.. I want to know whats so wrong about trying to help kids that were affected by the hurricane too? It's not just about homes.The kids are also living through this as well. I have 2 Children that are induring all this.They lost most of their belongings. We are living in a camper on our property.If someone wants to make a child smile during the holidays. Good for them! I personally have been helped by Neighbors helping Neighbors along with other great people, that are just trying to make a really bad situation better. You know something else? People that have been helped, have also turned around and helped others. Paying it forward so to speak. This is what it's about. People coming together.. Its just so sad that you are putting down a great organization.I APPLAUD All these volunteers that have stepped up unselfishly!!
Linda January 26, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Yes, it has been made quite clear through this long line of correspondence that there is much 'selfless giving' going on. The community has showed it's capability for mercy, compassion, and charity at a time of immeasurable devastation. Information is the key to understanding and helps erradicate doubt, uncertainty, and suspicion in a world where we've witnessed the cream at the top in our corporate banking world bring our economy to its knees only to be rewarded by our government with free bail-outs - of which they skimmed off huge bonuses for themselves - while so many of the average, hard-working people in towns and villages across the state have been foreclosed & sent into the streets. And I agree, that the volunteer firefighters should not have to be out there collecting money to help those who've lost so much, but they are, and they continue to serve the communities with tireless effort, and they are the true heros of the south shore of Long Island. Giving credit where credit is due. God bless all of you. Linda

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