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By WTC Help

New York Stake Member Details Help Needed

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- A member of the New York, New York Stake sent the following e-mail message detailing some of the local needs in the wake of the attack on the World Trade Center and suggesting that it be forwarded to "those who have expressed a desire to serve." As some of the needs are applicable to communities outside New York City, and since Mormon News has learned of several efforts around the US to provide assistance, we are forwarding the message for the benefit of those interested in helping.

To offer assistance, please simply reply to this message, and Mormon News will forward offers to the appropriate New York parties.


* 5-7 adults who are willing to assist me (help! please) in coordinating volunteer and donation efforts. This would include following up with offers from outside the area and coordinating efforts to place those offers here (see "offers" below), heading up various " need committees", and searching (online or by phone) for needs in the community. As we get more involved in the details, these coordinators will probably be able to utilize youth as a resource, but we will share those needs in the future.

* Placement for four cats of a woman who is a victim of the collapse of the WTC.

* Meals for hospital workers at the Cornell Medical Center. Meals will be taken 2 to 3 times per week.

* Members of the Manhattan 5th ward who lost their housing due to this disaster have temporary housing. However, Bishop Holman has shared that longer-term housing will be needed for 4-6 months beginning as early as October. If you have information re: housing availability for 3 families (one couple, another couple with 3 kids, and another with two), please let me know.

* Drivers are needed to assist in delivering food to the elderly.

* Per the police department, respirators are desperately needed downtown. The New York City area has largely depleted its supply and we will need more to last for up to 6 months. This may be one of the projects one of the wards out west could assist with. Please respond to me for further detail.

* There are several other needs which will be forthcoming...we need to obtain more information first. In addition, agencies such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross have indicated that there will be a greater need for assistance in a few weeks.


* Letters can be sent to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, 203 W 23rd St, NY, NY 10010. Please designate on the letter if this is to go to fire fighters in the community or to firefighters' families which have lost a family member.

* A sister in Oregon and her community have prepared frames to be delivered to individuals who lost family members in the disaster. It is her hope that this will assist them in remembering their loved ones. We need help in getting these into the appropriate hands (counselors for distribution, or directly to the families).

* Youth from the Columbine First Ward are interested in writing letters to youth in the New York area. Having experienced a community tragedy, they would like to begin pen-pal relationships which could assist with healing as well as forge new friendships. This is something that a California ward did for them during their time of need and was very helpful. Are there any wards in special need or who feel you could benefit from this?

* A sister in the 1st ward is organizing bereavement counseling efforts at a professional level. For now, please let me know of how this might fill any needs you may have; I will confirm that I can share her number for you to be able to contact her directly in the future.

* The stake presidency has offered to make the church building available as a meeting space for any religion or group wanting to meet. The church is also available for any funeral or memorial services.

As you know, there is no "stake" response to this tragedy; members have been asked to utilize federal and community agencies, such as the Red Cross. To be clear, members of our stake ARE out in the community and are making a significant contribution. Members across the world are offering assistance and are being resourceful in how they might contribute. Specifically regarding our area, there are things members can do and are doing on their own: volunteering with the Red Cross, assisting those in need of comfort, and even searching at ground zero (I've attached a list below to serve as a sampling of what some members have already done and continue to do).

Small Sampling of Stake Member's Contributions:

  • Preparation of meals for hospital workers and families

  • Working at shelters throughout the city
  • Donating blood
  • Assisting stranded persons meet temporary needs
  • Offering homes for the displaced
  • Calling/tracking down members to determine their safety and whereabouts
  • Setting up cots for firefighters to rest
  • Removing rubble at ground zero to search for survivors
  • Feeding pets of the missing
  • Comforting those who have lost friends and families
  • Comforting neighbors who are deeply touched and affected by this tragedy
  • Monetary donations to organizations around the city
  • Support for/at fire stations which lost fire fighters
  • Sorting donated supplies and materials
  • Working as Disaster Relief volunteers with the Red Cross
  • Composing and sharing musical numbers
  • Assisting with counseling and therapy
  • Reporting the missing at the Compassion Center for out-of-town families

The outpouring of charity and compassion as a response to this awful tragedy have served as a source of great comfort to those in need. May we continue to serve one another in such a Christ-like way...


WTC Needs Assessment
Tamara White 19Sep01 D1


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