Feel good Friday (updated)

11 a.m. All funds raised from a bake sale at Seeley Place School, 51 Seeley Place in Edgemont starting at 3 p.m. Thursday Nov. 15 will benefit the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund. The Edgemont Teachers Association is sponsoring this event.

The upstate response to our union families and communities in need downstate is fantastic. The bus leaving from Schoharie High School tomorrow is full. Volunteers will be met by members of the United Federation of Teachers at St. Margaret Mary Church, 560 Lincoln Ave., on Staten Island.

If you can’t go, can you give stuff? Folks have lost everything, and what struck me in going through a long list of needed supplies was how many folks are looking for manual can openers. It’s so disappointing that 200,000 people in Queens, on Long Island and in New Jersey are still without power. That Saturday bus is picking up supplies collected here at NYSUT Headquarters. (We’ll update with a photo of that later.)

Other supply runs are being coordinated across the state. A NYSUT conference at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown is collecting supplies. So, if you live in that area and want to drop anything off, please do it tonight or before 8 a.m. tomorrow. Thanks to Sandy Bliss who leads the Retiree Council in that area for alerting us to that effort. Let us know about your collection effort and we’ll post that too.

What do folks need? Here’s a list:

  • baby bottles and formula (powdered or liquid)
  • baby clothes and blankets
  • baby food (jarred or canned)
  • baby powder
  • diapers and wipes
  • dish soap
  • disinfectant wipes and bleach
  • heavy-duty trash bags
  • latex gloves
  • laundry detergent
  • mops, brooms and shovels
  • spray-bottled cleaners
  • work gloves
  • blankets and pillows
  • coats, sweaters and other warm winter clothing for all ages
  • hats, scarves and gloves for all ages
  • raincoats and rain ponchos
  • work boots and rubberized boots
  • bottled water
  • boxed/non-refrigerated milk
  • canned fruits
  • canned tuna fish
  • granola bars and energy bars
  • instant coffee and tea bags
  • instant soups
  • packaged snacks or cookies
  • peanut butter and jelly
  • batteries – especially D
  • disposable cameras
  • face/dust masks
  • flashlights
  • gas containers (only government-approved red containers)
  • generators
  • hand and foot warmers
  • masking tape and marking pens
  • power strips and extension cords
  • deodorant
  • feminine hygiene products
  • hand sanitizers
  • razors and shaving cream
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • soaps (bar or liquid)
  • toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash
  • adhesive/non-adhesive bandages, antibacterial ointments, gauze and tape
  • acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen
  • rubbing alcohol and peroxide
  • can openers (manual only)
  • disposable dinnerware (cups, plates and plastic utensils)
  • napkins and paper towels
  • tissues
  • toilet paper

Thank you for your generosity. And check out this letter to the editor printed in the Syracuse Post-Standard. Here’s the link to English teacher’s Kathleen Lazzaro Pickard’s Sept. 14 column about her love of teaching and learning.

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  1. Rayna Shapiro November 10, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Edgemont Teachers Association is sponsoring the bake sale at Seely Place School!

    • Betsy Sandberg November 11, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Thanks so much Rayna. Sorry for the mixup. Put me down to buy all the leftovers!!

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