Care fair collects for Sandy relief

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EmblemHealth collected donations at their medical office in Cambria Heights for Sandy victimsPHOTOS COURTESY OF EMBLEMHEALTH
EmblemHealth collected donations at their medical office in Cambria Heights for Sandy victims

The relief efforts continue for those left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

EmblemHealth has been doing its part in collecting and transporting donations, and continued to do so during its Care Fair on Saturday, November 17.

“It’s all about the neighborhood and our neighbors,” said David Flemister, director of community marketing for EmblemHealth. “We’re from New York and for New York, so we’re doing our part.”

Members of the organization went door-to-door throughout Cambria Heights, recruiting the help of local businesses and getting the word out to residents that they were collecting. The Farmbria Food Center in Jamaica has been especially helpful, according to Flemister, contributing food donations and working heavily towards relief efforts.

Towards Saturday evening, the group had collected roughly 30 large boxes filled with cleaning supplies, canned goods, diapers, blankets, clothes and more at the Cambria Heights Medical Office site on Linden Boulevard. Goods were then shipped to the Rockaways.

Some people even went to local Kmart stores and pharmacies, bought new blankets and medicine, and donated their purchases, said Flemister.

“Communities [that] need help, it’s our responsibility to do so,” he said.

Before Saturday’s event, EmblemHealth teamed up with other local organizations to collect and sort donations, and has been working with City Harvest, collecting bags of food. In the upcoming weeks, they plan on coordinating with Meals on Wheels to deliver food to disaster-stricken areas.

“We’re always out in the community, but this was special,” said Flemister. “It was really spectacular.”