While some gathered, gave thanks, and ate all sorts of delicious delicacies, others continue to struggle to survive and slowly move on after Hurricane Sandy shook up our city.
With thousands of people evacuated from their homes, still with no heat or hot water, on Thanksgiving eve, two community members — Justin Brannan and Liam McCabe — organized Brooklyn South United for Hurricane Sandy Relief, to aid those that need our help the most.
Brannan is an aide to Democratic City Councilmember Vincent Gentile and McCabe works for Congressmember Michael Grimm, a Republican.
There comes a time in your life when you realize that you are the person you’ve been waiting for and no one else is going to do it for you, Brannan said. You’ve got to roll up your sleeves and get involved. There were people out in Coney Island asking Are you from FEMA or OEM? and we said No, we’re from Bay Ridge.
For two hours, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Corner Kitchen and Bar, at 6725 Fifth Avenue, became a successful venue where another $1,000 towards the Stephen Siller Foundation’s special T2T Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, was raised.
Tickets were $25, and attendees had a chance to take advantage of the open bar and unlimited food service.
Liam and I grew up together and although we’re on opposite sides politically – we’re friends above all else, Brannan continued.
There is no liberal or conservative way to recover after a storm like Hurricane Sandy. This is a time for us all to come together as one – as New Yorkers – as Americans, he went on. Once you know you and your family are safe, you go out and do whatever you can to help others recover.