The Karma Truck – a grassroots hurricane relief effort

Many of us have family and friends that were affected by Sandy, and many of us want to help. Many of us also have been lucky, successful, and generally blessed in life.

We have heard numerous people on the news recounting that things are easily replaced but people are not. That is so true.

However, the destruction of one’s home is a traumatic event for a family. Like many of you, we have gently used items and extra canned goods that are simply taking up space in our home and could be used by a family who has lost everything.

We would like your help getting these families some much-needed relief.

Our family will be putting up the money to rent a U-haul truck and gas it up for the trip to New York.

We are scouring our house for things to donate and put in the truck. We are asking for your help in collecting items. We know that the following items are needed:

  • Canned Goods / Nonperishable Food (including powdered milk)
  • Water (You know you stocked up before Sandy, and don’t need it now.)
  • Blankets, Gently used or New.
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, deodorant etc)
  • Baby Care items (Diapers, formula etc)
  • Pet Food
  • Clothing, Gently used or New. (Jackets, Sweaters, Gloves, Hats, new Socks …It was in the 70s when Sandy hit but it’s getting cold now and these families need warmer clothes.)
  • Other misc: C&D Batteries, Maglite flashlights, Hand/Foot warmers, cleaning supplies, trash bags

Right now, we are planning on driving all of the items collected to NYC on November 12th. Please scour your home or head to the store quickly and drop items off at one of the Boston Area Drop Off Locations. We hope to have all donations at our place and ready for loading onto the truck by next Friday, November 9th.

If your place of work could become a hub for donations and you can coordinate delivering it to us, that would be much appreciated!

You will get no proof of donation as this is not any sort of official charity. This is just one American family, asking others to help fill up a truck with Karma for other Americans in need.

What will you put in the Karma Truck?