I received this letter today from Chaplain Humberto Chavez of the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy. If you’d like to help, please read.
I am happy to help facilitate donations and drop-offs. If you’re nearby, I’m happy to pick up your donations and bring them to Belmont — contact me via e-mail (on the “about” page above) or in the comments.
Dear Racing Family and Friends,
My prayer for you today is that the Lord will strengthen you and visit you tomorrow in a very special way as you go and worship Him. The devastation left in the wake of the storm is beyond my ability to describe it as my team and I have been in several locations helping others with their efforts. And the needs are overwhelming!. Thank God for all of you who are praying, giving and delivering food, clothing and other essentials to those most affected to our office at Gate 6. I will give you updates and specifics as I can. You are amazing!
For now I want to get the following information to you so you can pass it on.
1) Many are asking “what can we do to help?” What is most urgently needed are blankets, flashlights, batteries and water. These are needed NOW. If your group of people could purchase these items and bring them to our office or mail them to RTCANY PO Box 66 Elmont NY 11003, we will find a way to get them to the people who need them most. The needs will continue for the foreseeable future. I will keep you updated regularly.
2) Major stores such as Target, Restaurant Depot, Penney’s, etc. will accept a letter on behalf of the NY Race Track Chaplaincy Hurricane Sandy Relief, asking for either donations or reduced pricing for such items as water, blankets, coats, etc. Many of these items are being discounted some up to 50%.
3) Our web site was under construction when the hurricane passed us and our Paypal account was not up, the issue NOW has been fixed and we have started to received monetary donations. Please make sure you mark it “Hurricane Sandy Relief,”
I leave you with some images of the areas that many backstretch workers and my staff assisted this week.
Chaplain Humberto Chavez