Following the destruction and devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the people of Long Island's DirectBuy wanted to do what they could to help those in their community who felt the impact of the storm.
"Here was a situation where the items we carry meshed exactly with what was needed in the community," said Naushad Mehta, franchise owner of Long Island's DirectBuy, the home improvement and furnishings club with confidential dealer prices. "DirectBuy carries home furnishings and remodeling items; local families devastated by the storm need those items -- it seemed a perfect fit."
So on June 26, 2013, DirectBuy of Long Island distributed 98 home furnishing and home improvement items (valued at a total of $20,000) to 26 residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“We decided to do this because we took this disaster (Hurricane Sandy) personally. It affected us, our members and families in our community," Mehta said. "While it's great to help far-flung causes, we felt even more motivated to do something locally. In the aftermath of Sandy, we've been helping our members who were affected by the storm rebuild and restore their homes."
The donated items included furniture, bathroom fixtures, rugs, window treatments, windows and accessories.
Recipients of the donated items were selected through the Unmet Needs Roundtable, an arm of the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. The Hauppauge location of PODS also generously donated PODS containers for the storage and delivery of merchandise.
Mehta notes that while DirectBuy of Long Island lost two weeks' worth of business due to power outages and other effects of the storm, all staffers were safe and their homes intact.
"Our members were not so fortunate. Many of them lost everything and had to rebuild from scratch," she said. "While the story is not in the headlines any more, the need is still great."
For more information about DirectBuy of Long Island and the recovery effort, visit their website at http://longisland.directbuy.com/ or the effort's official press release.