Day Two of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive.
I had faith day two would be better.
It was in every way we could have imagined.
In Stotlands words, “We were inundated from morning till night.
”Clothing, diapers, food and amazingly, two full length gowns donated by a woman who thought someone might need them in case they had a wedding and had lost everything in the storm.
Talk about thinking in the real world!
A great gesture indeed.
When I left work at Frito on Friday night, I made my way back to Torrington to take over at the drive.
As I entered the Titans store on Water Street, I was overwhelmed by the complete lack of room in the store.
Boxes and bags filled the store.
Don’t think I have ever seen so many comforters in one place that wasn’t a Bedding Barn.
I relived the hard working Stotland family who went out to a well deserved dinner and searched for somewhere to begin!
Many full boxes later, I called it a night (or tried to) and went across Water Street to WAPJ and went on the Tony Henry Show to thank the folks for their tremendous support.
After a few minutes with Henry, I started to leave but got a phone call from a listener who wanted to know if we would be open on Saturday for donations.
We had not planned to be but if people were coming out, we were going in!
That’s when the magnificent Mrs. Gaffney and granddaughter Skyy Elizabeth entered the action.
As I left the studio to go to my car, I was flagged down by our good friend Frankie Graziano’s cousin, Teresa Canino who had just returned from school a half hour earlier.
Canino and her mother collected a car load of food and clothing that they rushed to get to us in time.
It was that kind of outpouring here in Torrington.
Most of the next two days were spent organizing and boxing up the supplies, Deb and Skyy a terrific job and kept the store until Samantha Stotland and a few of her friends took over.
On Sunday, Deb, Skyy and I went to the store and dove head first into the fray, looking to get ready to send things south.
By the time we were done the numbers were staggering.
Most of the Titans store was covered with filled boxes of everything Torrington had to give.
On Friday of the following week, Matt Pagano of the Rotary Club brought a truck which was donated from Doyle’s Medical Supply in Torrington and drove the kindness south to New Jersey.
With their expansive delivery network and connections, having the Rotary Club help get things were they needed to go was priceless.
We understand that this is just a drop in the bucket considering what the people will need over the long haul, but if everyone does something we can make sure folks are taken care of.
To all those who stopped by or stepped up, a huge thank you.
For those who need, understand we are here for you......