Araujo family thanks Island for pitching in to help Sandy victims

Kristen Araujo hands out supplies and organizes tables of goods at a relief center for victims of Hurricane Sandy. — Photo courtesy of Kristen Araujo

The Araujo family reported on its trip to New York over the holidays to assist in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.

Kristen Araujo of Shear Inspiration Salon and members of the Araujo family mounted a drive to fill an Econoline van with much needed supplies that they drove to the main distribution center of “Occupy Sandy,” in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 22.

“We went right from the boat to Job Lot in Falmouth with the few cash donations that a few gave in lieu of supplies and we bought more supplies with that,” Ms. Araujo wrote in an email to The Times.”

On Saturday morning, Dec 22 they drove the van “chock full of supplies” to a street corner where the relief tent was stationed. “We were amazed that as fast as we could unload the van, supplies were being gratefully taken,” she said. “Although the list said no jackets, we brought some anyway and we could have handed out dozens more. We then stayed onsite and delivered hot meals with the Red Cross to the community residents that remain homebound for about 3 hours.

“We got to walk the neighborhood and talk with the residents and see first hand the long road of repair ahead. In one home the water line was 5 feet up the bare wood stripped down wall. It was an amazing experience to give and serve to that community with my family. I know it’s a Christmas our 15 and 17 year olds will never forget.

So on behalf of the Araujo family, a huge thank you MV for helping us help others in such a time of need! We could not have made such an impact without your generous donations.”