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10,000 Lights for Children

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*10,000 Lights for Victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Dark*
*Stories and videos: 9nl.com/LightsFB/ (Facebook Page)*
 

2nd Update: Due to continued requests to contribute, donations to be a part of 10,000 Lights will be accepted through the end of November. Thanks!


1st Update: We had a number of people (including locals currently without internet) request that we leave the campaign open through the weekend while we're out distributing so they could pitch in. We'll be out Sat and Sun, so this is your chance to help if you just found out or weren't able to help before. 

 
We plan to distribute ONLY what has been FUNDED, then return whatever we cannot pay for. If you have questions or need help with anything, you can contact me at [email protected] and we'll help you. Thanks and we'll keep you updated! 
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Backdrop: As we distributed donations from over 300 friends in Manhattan to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaway area, we called out some of the items we had brought with us to help them find a home. "Shampoo! Diapers! Food! Bedding!" The response was real, but one of the biggest surprises came when we called out "Flashlights!" Heads turned and hands swarmed. "That's my light," one person exclaimed as the rush ensued. Children were sent by parents and the box quickly emptied. We were lucky enough to have a few more small boxes of collected lights. We wished we had more, 10,000 more (a million more). We were determined to bring back lights.

The simple pitch is this: People are in the dark. Children are in the dark. At 4:30pm the sun sets - it's a horrible time of day where kids and parents who have lost everything sit for hours in the cold and quiet, surrounded by devastation before finally overcoming the chill and trying to sleep. Hundreds of thousands are still without power and many areas have no estimate of when when (or if) the lights will ever come back on due to the sheer destruction that has occurred. The Nor'easter is about to hit and cause even more outages and delays. The need is great, and that's where we you come in. SO...

Over the next 72 hours we are collecting lights - flashlights, candles and batteries. We think we can get at least 10,000, but we need your help


  • We have a NY supplier discounting 50-hour emergency candles in bulk (their lights just came back and they're ready to help)
  • We have a generous wholesaler discounting flashlights and batteries
  • We have a dropoff site at a church (125 Columbus Ave, NY, NY) for your extra flashlights and batteries
  • We have a small NYC apt ready to be filled with donated lights to give
  • We have some large vehicles ready to move lights
  • We have done research (& doing more) and will target hardest hit areas like Staten Island, Rockaway, Red Hook and Coney Island
  • We have a team with diverse skills working to make this happen
  • We're distributing on Saturday, 11/10 and Sunday 11/11
  • Now we need you!

What can you do?
Click to donate! Our pricing for the 50-hour candles and flashlights (large & small sizes with high quality batteries) runs around $1.50 per light.


  • $1 = thanks - every bit helps!
  • $15 = light to 15 kids and families
  • $150 = 150 people out of the dark, plus we'll send you a signed photo
  • $500 = 500 with light, plus we'll mention you in our documentary video
  • $1,500 = Corporations can easily muster this - ask yours to help & get rewarded!
  • You get the point. We'll do our best to make it meaningful to you as well.

Updates: We'll be documenting along the way and share with you.

"So, you've been there and know the need - but why support 10,000 Lights?"
So many are removed and want to help. They want to know where their donation is going. You'll get to be a part of it and live it with us. Thank you for your generosity!

Who are we?
Just a group of friends who were 'less affected' by the hurricane - we're trying to make a difference and hope you'll join us.

Q&A:
- Will you take other donated goods? We prefer to focus on this single need and do it really well. Check out 9nl.com/SandyService for places accepting goods and opportunities for service
- I have a loved one who has been affected - can I help bring them light? We realize we have limits, but with you we can do more! Ask us how to help.
- How do I know you're not scamming me? Ask any of the people from our project on 11/3 and you'll know we're legit. https://www.facebook.com/events/446176138778952/
- I want to donate other items as well - what are the greatest needs? LIGHT, baby products, baby wipes, hygiene kits, heat (if you have a way). Clothes are not really needed (many places won't take them) and water and food (other than hot meals) seem to be fairly available. We recommend focusing on these.
- What's next? The primary needs are urgent right now and will be for coming weeks, but the largest need overall will be cleanup. It's truly saddening how torn up these communities are and the work to restore is immense.
- Why is your tilt goal only $100? It's a fancy way to make sure we get funded and on time. We're contributing a very sizable amount as core friends right along with you.
- My business wants to help in a way you didn't list - can we help? Please contact us and we'll do our best to make good things happen!
- Where can I see where the power is out? Check out this link for an interactive map that lets you click in for details. Can you believe the Long Island Power Authority's site on outages says that some impacted customers are no longer reflected on their outage map because "Many homes and businesses in these areas are currently unable to accept electric service due to severe damage caused by the recent storm."

Let's make a difference together.

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Campaign Description:

*10,000 Lights for Victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Dark*
*Stories and videos: 9nl.com/LightsFB/ (Facebook Page)*
 

2nd Update: Due to continued requests to contribute, donations to be a part of 10,000 Lights will be accepted through the end of November. Thanks!


1st Update: We had a number of people (including locals currently without internet) request that we leave the campaign open through the weekend while we're out distributing so they could pitch in. We'll be out Sat and Sun, so this is your chance to help if you just found out or weren't able to help before. 

 
We plan to distribute ONLY what has been FUNDED, then return whatever we cannot pay for. If you have questions or need help with anything, you can contact me at [email protected] and we'll help you. Thanks and we'll keep you updated! 
--------------------------

Backdrop: As we distributed donations from over 300 friends in Manhattan to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaway area, we called out some of the items we had brought with us to help them find a home. "Shampoo! Diapers! Food! Bedding!" The response was real, but one of the biggest surprises came when we called out "Flashlights!" Heads turned and hands swarmed. "That's my light," one person exclaimed as the rush ensued. Children were sent by parents and the box quickly emptied. We were lucky enough to have a few more small boxes of collected lights. We wished we had more, 10,000 more (a million more). We were determined to bring back lights.

The simple pitch is this: People are in the dark. Children are in the dark. At 4:30pm the sun sets - it's a horrible time of day where kids and parents who have lost everything sit for hours in the cold and quiet, surrounded by devastation before finally overcoming the chill and trying to sleep. Hundreds of thousands are still without power and many areas have no estimate of when when (or if) the lights will ever come back on due to the sheer destruction that has occurred. The Nor'easter is about to hit and cause even more outages and delays. The need is great, and that's where we you come in. SO...

Over the next 72 hours we are collecting lights - flashlights, candles and batteries. We think we can get at least 10,000, but we need your help


  • We have a NY supplier discounting 50-hour emergency candles in bulk (their lights just came back and they're ready to help)
  • We have a generous wholesaler discounting flashlights and batteries
  • We have a dropoff site at a church (125 Columbus Ave, NY, NY) for your extra flashlights and batteries
  • We have a small NYC apt ready to be filled with donated lights to give
  • We have some large vehicles ready to move lights
  • We have done research (& doing more) and will target hardest hit areas like Staten Island, Rockaway, Red Hook and Coney Island
  • We have a team with diverse skills working to make this happen
  • We're distributing on Saturday, 11/10 and Sunday 11/11
  • Now we need you!

What can you do?
Click to donate! Our pricing for the 50-hour candles and flashlights (large & small sizes with high quality batteries) runs around $1.50 per light.


  • $1 = thanks - every bit helps!
  • $15 = light to 15 kids and families
  • $150 = 150 people out of the dark, plus we'll send you a signed photo
  • $500 = 500 with light, plus we'll mention you in our documentary video
  • $1,500 = Corporations can easily muster this - ask yours to help & get rewarded!
  • You get the point. We'll do our best to make it meaningful to you as well.

Updates: We'll be documenting along the way and share with you.

"So, you've been there and know the need - but why support 10,000 Lights?"
So many are removed and want to help. They want to know where their donation is going. You'll get to be a part of it and live it with us. Thank you for your generosity!

Who are we?
Just a group of friends who were 'less affected' by the hurricane - we're trying to make a difference and hope you'll join us.

Q&A:
- Will you take other donated goods? We prefer to focus on this single need and do it really well. Check out 9nl.com/SandyService for places accepting goods and opportunities for service
- I have a loved one who has been affected - can I help bring them light? We realize we have limits, but with you we can do more! Ask us how to help.
- How do I know you're not scamming me? Ask any of the people from our project on 11/3 and you'll know we're legit. https://www.facebook.com/events/446176138778952/
- I want to donate other items as well - what are the greatest needs? LIGHT, baby products, baby wipes, hygiene kits, heat (if you have a way). Clothes are not really needed (many places won't take them) and water and food (other than hot meals) seem to be fairly available. We recommend focusing on these.
- What's next? The primary needs are urgent right now and will be for coming weeks, but the largest need overall will be cleanup. It's truly saddening how torn up these communities are and the work to restore is immense.
- Why is your tilt goal only $100? It's a fancy way to make sure we get funded and on time. We're contributing a very sizable amount as core friends right along with you.
- My business wants to help in a way you didn't list - can we help? Please contact us and we'll do our best to make good things happen!
- Where can I see where the power is out? Check out this link for an interactive map that lets you click in for details. Can you believe the Long Island Power Authority's site on outages says that some impacted customers are no longer reflected on their outage map because "Many homes and businesses in these areas are currently unable to accept electric service due to severe damage caused by the recent storm."

Let's make a difference together.

 
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