On November 5, a group of 50 volunteers gathered at The Drink, a Williamsburg bar offered up by owner Lane Sanders, to load vans with donations to assist storm victims directly and deliver supplies to The Rockaway Surf Club donation center. The organization, called Renegade Sandy Relief, was founded by artist io tillet Wright and musician Holly Miranda. So far, RSR has eliminated a lot of red tape and made sure all the goods were actually getting into the right hands.This was my second volunteer trip since Sandy hit. Two days prior, we were in Brighton Beach, climbing 20 flights of stairs to get supplies to the elderly or handicapped who had been stuck in their apartments for days without electricity, food or water. This time I decided I would bring my camera, just to document the volunteers who were involved and dedicating their time to help others.
Rockaway felt like an eerie apocalyptic movie when we arrived. Everything was destroyed. My group of 18 spent hours driving around dropping off supplies to certain houses that requested help—mainly families. We cleaned out flooded basements and helped the Surf Club with organizing donation drop offs and expediting delivery of the things people needed. Overall, within the gray and orderly chaos, complete strangers banded together and took care of each other, proving that when tragic events occur, the human connection truly is the most powerful thing.
Photo Annie Frame