The Unitarian Church of Staten Island (UCSI) continues coordinating relief efforts but is no longer receiving donations of relief goods. Please do not bring relief items to the Church. Please contact Rev. Susan Karlson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-447-2204 for information about where to direct these donations.
Staten Island entered another phase of relief efforts when demolition started last week in full force. The UCSI has one major site that we funnel donations to. Currently, relief donations are increasingly transitioning to gift cards. We have gift cards you can purchase for grocery stores that include Stop and Shop. You can purchase them here in $25, 50 and 100 amounts. There is a Costco on Staten Island, but no Walmart.
Other helpful gift cards are for gas, Target, Lowe’s and Home Depot and other area stores. There are some gift cards that have policies for charitable donations.
Please check with the individual companies or Google charitable giving by gift cards. Contact Rev. Karlson when you are ready to donate and please e mail the specific account numbers of each card. The site we are working with is keeping a record of donations now for accountability.
We can direct you to our partners for drop off of relief items that are still needed. The South Shore still needs heavy tools like sledge hammers, crowbars, hammers, rakes, shovels, construction masks, disinfectant, and bleach. Medical supplies are also needed. We can direct you to our partners for drop off of these items.
We here on Staten Island cannot express our gratitude enough for all the wide community support we are receiving across the country. In this season of giving thanks, it is so abundantly clear that we are all interconnected in myriad ways.
Blessings and gratitude,
Rev. Susan Karlson
Minister, Unitarian Church of Staten Island