Community Cares teamed up with The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce and collected almost $2,400 in funds which will be donated to a boots-on-the-ground organization that is assisting those who were affected in Putnam County, Fla., by Hurricane Irma.
“When I was going through my cancer treatments, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and I could not help but think about those going through cancer treatments who are faced with the hardship of a devastating hurricane,” said Community Cares President Amy Sayegh. “When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey Community Cares and local volunteers brought hot food and supplies to those in Sandy’s path. Now we have teamed up with The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations and bring help to our friends in Florida who must deal with the aftermath of Irma.”
Also participating in the fundraising drive was Putnam County Government, Town of Carmel Recreation and Parks Dept, Mahopac Central School District, Professional Women of Putnam, Putnam Valley Business Network, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, Carmel-Kent Chamber of Commerce, The Salvation Army- Peekskill, NY and many other organizations.
Putnam County Legislator Neal Sullivan, who owns Sullivan Insurance in Mahopac, NY, also owns an insurance agency in Putnam County, Fla., presented the check down to the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce in Florida, which was going to directly distribute the funds to those in need.
In addition to the financial contributions, the chamber collected batteries, flashlights, diapers, wipes, rubber gloves, toiletries, school supplies, bottle water at various donation drop off locations, which were delivered down to Florida also.
The mission of Community Cares is to help families manage normal daily routines while a parent is dealing with cancer or another medical diagnosis. It provides families with free meals, laundry service, and house cleaning as well as a network of support to moms and dads faced with major medical illnesses while trying to raise children. Community Cares serves families in Putnam County, Northern Westchester and Southern Dutchess.
Community Cares is a registered 501(c)3 organization. For more information about Community Cares visit communitycares.org or call 845-621-CARE (2273).