Vineyard family mounts effort to bring holiday relief to Sandy victims

Kristen Araujo is preparing to drive a van with needed supplies to New York City to help victims Sandy. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

As the residents of the New York and New Jersey areas continue to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, a Vineyard business owner and members of a well-known Island family are preparing to assist in the recovery effort.

Kristen Araujo of Shear Inspiration Salon and members of the Araujo family have mounted a drive to fill an Econoline van with much needed supplies that they will drive to Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 22 and arrive at the main distribution center of “Occupy Sandy,” a coordinated relief effort for neighborhoods and people affected by the storm.

“Together we can make a difference, and that’s what community is all about,” said Kristen Araujo in a flyer she distributed. “So let’s reach out to help our fellow Americans in this time of need, and show them some Vineyard love. Thank you for your consideration in joining us in making some spirits brighter this holiday season where it’s much needed!”

Requested items include non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and tools, and backpacks with school supplies for kids, for example notebooks, pens and folders.

Donations may be dropped off at Shear Inspiration Salon at 12 Mariner’s Way at the Triangle in Edgartown, 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday, until December 21. Pick-ups can also be arranged for Monday, Dec. 17.

For a complete list of needed items or for more information on how to contribute, call Kristen at 508-989-3733.