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Operation Sandy Relief: Merry Thanksgiving: Local companies step up in the final weeks

— In the final two weeks before Operation Sandy Relief’s next trip to Rockaway Beach, Queens, both Caz Limo and the Syracuse Silver Knights have stepped up in a big way, helping to make the next trip for the Operation Sandy Relief organization the best yet. The residents of Broad Channel and Rockaway Beach in Queens have been the focus of Operation Sandy Relief’s efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Syracuse Silver Knights professional indoor soccer team is offering discounted tickets to those who bring a new unwrapped children’s gift to the game. Tickets will be offered at $12.50. There will also be a raffle during the game for team signed jerseys and soccer balls with all proceeds going to the Merry Thanksgiving event. Following the game a signed jersey and ball will also be up for auction on Operation Sandy Relief’s Facebook page. Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance or on the day of the game by calling 303-7261.

Caz Limo of East Syracuse has pledged one of their luxury motor coaches to Operation Sandy Relief for transportation of volunteers and donated items from Syracuse to Rockaway Beach. They are also accepting items needed by the residents of The Rockaways. As Caz Limo makes multiple trips to New York City every month they have also committed to continue to collect needed items after the Dec. 15 trip and will drop them at needed locations throughout the city.

The Dec. 15 event will be the third trip down for Operation Sandy Relief volunteers. The first trip was to drop off desperately needed supplies in Broad Channel. On the second trip, Operation Sandy Relief hosted a massive community cookout in Rockaway Beach where 5000 residents and first responders were fed fresh-cooked meals. They also setup a large donation area of clothes, kid’s items, cleaning supplies, as well as other needed supplies.

Operation Sandy Relief was formed by three individuals who felt that it was the duty of New Yorkers to help their own. Operation Sandy Relief works with several other groups and dozens of individual volunteers all with the same goal in mind; to help the residents of New York City who were affected by Superstorm Sandy. A few good deeds go a long way.

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