Editor's Note: The following was written by Kerry Wilkie, of the Hampton Bays Mothers' Association.
The Hampton Bays Mothers’ Association would like to commend our community on the outpouring of love and generosity to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We are proud to report, with the help of our community, we were able to to those in Breezy Point, Belle Harbor, Mastic, Island Park, The Rockaways, East Hampton and Hampton Bays. The Christmas Gifts we collected were able to satisfy 25 Christmas Lists! It was such a touching moment to see the tears of happiness and joy we were able to bring to so many families.
We would like to thank the local businesses who volunteered to be our Gift Card Drop Zones including Our Lady of the Hamptons, Scotto’s, Gigi’s Kids, Buckley’s Inn Between, Rose Jewelers, Stevenson’s Toys, Hildreth’s, Agave’s, Southampton Stationery, Arthur Murray, Core Dynamics of Water Mill, The Southampton Publick House, Katherine and Company, Sag Harbor Garden Center, C’s Home and Office Management, Hampton Dentistry and Quench Wines in Patchogue.
To our local media, Patch.com The Southampton Press, 27 East, Hamptons.com, and Dan’s Papers and Danshamptons.com , thank you for helping us spread the word!
Special Thanks to the Hampton Bays Fire Dept. who helped us “kick off” our Gift Card Drive., Danielle Bougatsos , PCH Builders, The Mangiameli Family, Kathleen King, Polly Stevenson, Jan Rose, Rachele Kull and Simone Scotto, Tracy O’Hagan, Henry Hildreth, The Dudley Family, Kara Yoga, Christie Brinkley, Steve Ware from San Francisco, Joseph L De Bellis MD, Colleen Hughes, M.C. Abrahamson, Rolta Inc. from Chicago, Robin Roberson from Maryland, Kathleen and Bobby Sutton, Ed Martin for going above and beyond what we could ever have expected!
My heart is warmed by the generosity of our community. It is an amazing feeling to do the right thing! One recipient writes: “These small things may not seem so big, but will forever stay in my heart, thanks to a group of moms who I have never met- a group of moms who remind me of the kindness that is so overwhelming, it melts my soul! Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless your giving hearts! Thank you one and all for making our Christmas away from home so incredible! “
On behalf of the Hampton Bays Mothers Association and all the families who have benefited from your generosity, we would like to Thank-you and wish all of you a Happy New Year!