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Mike Ellis on Tompkins County Hurricane Sandy Relief

Ithaca Now spoke with Mike Ellis, executive director of local non-profit Love Knows No Bounds, who is leading volunteer and donation efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The group is holding a holiday gift drive until Wednesday, Dec. 19. For more information, check out the organization’s Facebook page.
New and unwrapped gifts for 3rd – 8th grade students at the Richard R. Green school in Rockaway Beach may be dropped off at the following locations.
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center
  • New Roots Charter School
  • Lehman Alternative Community School
  • 2-1-1 Tompkins (2nd floor, Center Ithaca, Rm. 275)
  • First Baptist Church (Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m; Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Strebel Planning Group
  • Caroline Elementary School
  • Ithaca Waldorf School (20 Nelson Road)
Gift ideas include:  Stress-relief gift baskets for parents and caregivers, books, board games, LEGOs, doll sets, gift cards to chain stores such as Target, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and for gift cards for adults (Home Depot, Lowes and Bed, Bath and Beyond).
There is also an online registry of gifts for this drive. Search under wish lists for Jamila Walida Simon, or Richard R. Green School.The group is also collecting emergency relief items to deliver to Occupy Sandy’s distribution point in Brooklyn. There are two drop off points in Ithaca  — one for non-liquid items, and one for liquid items. Bring the following non-liquid items to 610 North Cayuga Street (across from Kinney Drugs) by Wednesday, December 19th:

  • Borax
  • Powdered laundry soap
  • Diapers
  • Sponges
  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Flat-blade shovels
  • Water-proof work gloves
  • Disposable work suits
  • Haz mat suits
  • Work goggles

Bring the following liquid items to Court Street Chiropractic, at 122 West Court Street (M, W, and Th, between 8a and 5p) by Wednesday, December 19th:

  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dish soap
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable canned food
  • Baby food

Their delivery truck will leave for New York City on Thursday, December 20th.  Anyone wishing to volunteer to help sort donations or load the truck should contact Mike Ellis at: clhmellis@gmail.com within the next week.


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