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Help With Staten Island Holiday Gifts

Alert “06880” reader Christy Colasurdo writes:

You covered the incredible effort made by Tom Hofstetter and a few other Westport families to help out families in Staten Island after Sandy. They ended up delivering 8 truckloads of supplies donated by Westporters to Staten Island, Breezy Point, the Rockaways and New York City.

But the story did not end there.

Three of the women involved — Lisa Fierro, Nell Bernegger and Veronica Hofstetter — were so moved after seeing the wreckage on Staten Island, that they could not just walk away.

Now they’re collecting gifts to brighten the holidays of Staten Island teens. That’s not easy, in a season with so many appeals for donations.

Lisa, Nell and Veronica say:

We have learned there is a huge need for toys and holiday gifts for kids 12 to 17 years old. Toys for Tots and other groups focus on kids 11 years old and younger. We want to fill the gap.

Help a hurricane victim this holiday season.

Help a hurricane victim this holiday season.

We’re working with the Staten Island Recovery Team. But we have very tight deadlines to get the gifts to Staten Island before the first of 3 holiday celebrations, beginning on December 18.

Our goal is to provide 1,100 new gifts in the $20-$25 range for teens. (No gift cards please!)

Gift ideas include:

  • Basketballs, soccer balls, footballs
  • Makeup and/or nail polish sets
  • Pillow pets (animals only; no characters)
  • Pampering and body care gifts
  • Teenage/family-targeted games
  •  Popular books of interest to teens
  • Anything else of interest to teenager

Drop-off dates for gifts — unwrapped, please! — are this weekend: December 8 and 9,under the covered area at 8 Brookside Drive, off North Compo.

Hard-Hit Westport Helps Even Worse-Off New Jersey And Staten Island

Last night, longtime Westporter Tom Hofstetter got to thinking.

He’d received an “all hands” notice from his yacht club, asking for people to clean up after Hurricane Sandy.

He was happy to pitch in. Gut he and his family figured there might be an even more meaningful way to contribute to relief efforts.

Looking out their Bridge Street window — at the corner of Imperial Avenue — they had an “aha!” moment.

They rented a truck for a week. Every day, they’ll collect supplies.

Every night, they’ll take them to relief shelters in New Jersey and Staten Island.

Tom Hofstetter and his big, hopefully supplies-filled truck.. (Photo by Heidi McGee)

Supplies can be dropped off every time — at the corner of Bridge Street and Imperial  Avenue —  from 9 a.m. to 8:59 p.m. At 9 sharp, the truck leaves. The 1st run is tonight.

Tom said that anything helps, but there were special requests for large black garbage bags and heavy work gloves. Other items needed:

  • Blankets
  • Baby items: diapers, wipes, etc.
  • Flashlights
  • C and D batteries
  • Water
  • Canned food
  • Socks
  • Towels
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Pet food

Westport’s in pretty bad shape. Other areas are even worse.

They don’t have much. But at least they — and we — have Tom Hofstetter.