Coats, hats and other supplies are being collected by Operation HOPE between now and December 12th and will be transported to Amityville New York by Operation HOPE volunteers. Amityville is located in Suffolk County New York on the Southern end of Long Island. The community was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Coats, hats and gloves are being collected at Lindsey’s Medical Day Spa, 1120 West Loop 289, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“We were contacted by Pastor Jimmy Jack of Freedom Chapel International in Amityville. He asked for our help in assisting the community in their rebuilding efforts,” said Brad Bouma, Operation HOPE board chair.
Amityville, a community of 10,000, received heavy winds and rains, along with damaging water from storm surge during Hurricane Sandy. “The devastation is immense out here,” said Pastor Jack. “Our church is working as an outreach to help people rebuild. I anticipate the entire process will take 18-24 months. During the storm, many people lost their personal belongings. Coats, hats and gloves are a significant need we have today,” Pastor Jack added.
While this effort will help address the immediate need for coats and winter clothing, the needs of Amityville are significant. Operation HOPE will also raise funds to assist with additional needs in the Long Island area.
“Partnering with others to help meet needs is a big part of Operation HOPE’s mission. Between now and January 31st, Operation HOPE will match every dollar donated for the Long Island relief effort, up to $10,000,” Brad Bouma said.
“The generosity of the Lubbock area is legendary. When a need is seen, people here respond. The need in Long Island is very real. People are lacking warm clothing to stay protected through the winter. We are proud to partner with the Lubbock community to help assist with this need,” said Dr. John Thomas.
We are excited about this opportunity to help those in need right here in the US and we hope that you will prayerfully consider partnering with us in whatever capacity you are able.