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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: SPECIAL REQUEST TO 9/11 FAMILY GROUPS FOR TORNADO ASSISTANCE
From May 28, 2011 to Sep 24, 2011 (included)
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To All 9/11 Family Groups,

With the 10th Anniversary fast approaching I know that many of you are planning special events to honor those lost on 9/11.

We think that the best way to remember those lost is to keep doing good in their memory.

With that in mind we have a special request.

If you are planning an event we ask that you ask each of the invitees to donate a new unwrapped toy.

After your event Where to Turn will arrange pick up and these toys will be sorted and distributed to children impacted by the recent tornadoes.

While we are also coordinating efforts to address immediate needs (see below) we realize that many of these families will be in no condition to celebrate the holidays this year and we would like to help even in a small way.

If your organization would like to participate please give us a call.

Even if you are not running an event please share this with your distributions as some of your members may want to conduct individual drives.

We will be reaching out to non 9/11 groups as well but we wanted to reach out to you first.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.



From: Dennis McKeon
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:54 PM

To All,

Until we can get our adopt a school program off the ground we will be reaching out and making contact with schools and local officials in areas impacted by tornadoes.

As we did after Katrina and last year with Haiti we are coordinating a local effort to help these people in need.

We will be collecting school supplies and other items and will arrange to ship them directly to those in need. (more details to follow)

We realize that it will take some time for these people to get back on their feet so we will also be running a Christmas/ Hanukah in the Summer Toy Drive.

We will arrange to have all the toys collected shipped directly to impacted areas over the Holidays.

After Katrina we filled an 18 Wheeler and we hope to do the same here. We may even drive out ourselves

How Can You Help.

Run a collection drive through your business, school or organization.

Act as a drop off point for donations.

Assist in pick up of collected items.

Make a donation to Where to Turn to assist with shipping costs.

If you would like to join us in this effort please let us know.

Contact us at dennis.mckeon@where-to-turn.org

Thanks again for your continued support.



From: Dennis McKeon
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:26 PM

During the Katrina Disaster we began a temporary program through which we were able to collect school supplies from local Staten Island Schools and Businesses and ship them down to schools in areas impacted by the hurricanes.

In all we adopted over 25 schools in Mississippi and Louisiana and shipped goods as needed.

Since that time we have been attempting to take a more proactive permanent approach by partnering with schools in advance.

We want to set up direct communication between schools in and outside disaster areas.

If a disaster does hit an administrator at the impacted school will only need to call their sponsoring school.

The sponsoring school will do its best to collect what is needed and Where to Turn will coordinate the shipping.

We have sent our proposal to the US Department of Education and our local elected officials as we would like to see this become a national program but we have not heard anything back so it appears once again we are on our own.

Had we had this in place we would be in a position to help out the victims of the recent tornadoes in the midwest.

In the meantime we will begin a pilot program with Staten Island Schools.

Any Staten Island school interested in participating in this program can call us at 718-966-6531.

Civic and community groups as well as businesses are also welcome to join.
Once we set up the network we will be reaching out for corporate sponsorships to help cover the shipping costs.

If you have contacts at schools in disaster areas have them give us a call

The bottom line is if we are to continue this program we must rely on the generosity of the general public.

If you would like to be a part of this project you can send your tax deductible contribution to

Where to Turn
150-L Greaves Lane # 312
Staten Island, NY 10308

Or you can donate by credit card by going to Facebook at


Personal contributions can be made at any level. All donations are tax deductible.


Please indicate that the contribution is for Disaster Relief.

100% of all contributions will go towards shipping and handling of relief supplies.

Thanks again for all of your support.
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