LARGO, FL. (November 26, 2012) – When Kathleen Jacobs heard about the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, her first thoughts went to her brothers, family and friends living in the Rockaway and Jersey Shore area

As the morning hours went on, and she was able to reach them, she found, for the most part, they were safe. By that time, adrenalin had kicked in, along with imagination — about what may have happened to them.

What started out as heart-felt worries about loved ones, quickly turned into a full force of support from local businesses and the community.

“We have been able to ship to date the equivalent of over four tractor trailer loads to the affected areas. One of those trucks hit Staten Island, while the others had supplies that went to Queens (Rockaway & Breezy) Brooklyn and Long Island. We have another scheduled to roll the end of this week,” said Chris Jacobs, Kathleen’s husband and owner of Valpak of Rochester.

“Our friends, family and our Valpak office all did an outstanding job to make this happen. It has really been amazing. We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Chris.

In an area that was “barely grazed” by the storm, they had energy and emotion behind them to collect the essentials of living, along with those larger items that would get communities back to normal. Schools came out with collected items, Girl Scout troops took up donations, and even a Karate school came down bearing armfuls of supplies.

As the Jacobs started the relief initiative the day after the storm, they loaded their truck with generators, and 40 gallons of water to bring to their family in New Jersey and New York that were directly impacted.

“I took a breath and realized there are people here who are starving — with no water and no supplies,” said Kathleen.

“The day after returning, Kathleen, along with our Valpak team, joined forces with the Sea Breeze & Henrietta Fire Department, and from there we recruited local businesses of all sizes, as well as individual donors to assist in this initiative,” said Chris. Kathleen took to Facebook — asking friends if they knew of anyone with a truck.

“From the original street in Brooklyn that I grew up on, many of those families moved to the Rockaway Breezy and Shore Point areas. Nine of those families’ homes were affected; eight burned down or totally flooded. My brother’s home was the one -- although flooded -- that made it,” said Kathleen. “It really hit home.”

They also contacted a firefighter in Rochester, who was originally from Brooklyn as well, and they enlisted his help. In addition, they reached out to one of their clients who had access to an email list to send to local businesses.

From fork lifts to chemicals, to supplies of boxes, pallets of bleach and a mattress for a US Marine, local businesses were there. Almost 25 businesses were there immediately.

“We had no idea. It just spread like wildfire. We didn’t have time to think,” said the Jacobs. While trying to maintain a normal, productive work environment, the back loading docks were transformed overnight into a relief supply warehouse.

“When my brothers went back into their Staten Island market(after being in Rockaway and assisting for several days and saw the devastation, we all realized that Staten Island was the place that needed even more help,” said Kathleen.

For nine straight days, the donations piled in, until the very last truck was packed with heavy coats, water, food, blankets and other supplies, and sent off to Staten Island.

“It just kept coming; no questions asked, no matter how big or small,” said Chris. “One man pulled his car up to the loading dock, got out, and took his Miami Dolphins jacket off, and handed it over,” he said.

“From teddy bears to pet toys, people donated anything and everything that would make people on the other end feel better,” said Kathleen.

The Jacobs wish to thank area businesses and the community for all of their donations:

Company

Bison Laboratories
Rochester Midland
Thatcher Company
United Cleaners
Bailey Fire Department
Faust's USA Karate
Seabreeze Fire Department
Ken's Pizza Corner
Salvatore's Henrietta
Salvatore's Irondequoit
Tops Markets
Duke Company
Bishop Kearney School
Charles Finney School
Harmony House
Speedy's Dry Cleaners
Allied Electronics
STAR Headlamp
Entercom
Entercom
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
WHAM TV
Re/Max Realty Group
Acker-Pak
Corrigan Moving Systems
Diamond Packaging
Economy Paper
Home Depot
Koch Container
Ultra Fab
Taylor Rental
Sleep City
National Guard
C&M Forwarding
Emerson Trucking
Sherman Furniture
Valenti Sports
MyWebYellow.com
Norry Management Corp

Comments

Chemicals
Chemicals
Chemicals
Clothes
Collection Point
Collection Point
Collection Point
Food for workers
Food for workers
Food for workers
Food for workers
Forklift
Fundraising
Fundraising
Fundraising
Hangers, Clothing, Transportation
Headlamps
Headlamps
Media Coverage
Media Coverage
Media Coverage
Media Coverage
Organizing & Recruiting
Packaging Materials
Packaging Materials
Packaging Materials
Packaging Materials
Packaging Materials
Packaging Materials
Packaging Materials & Skids of Water
Pallet Jack
Queen Mattress & Box Springs
Skids
Transportation of goods
Transportation of goods
Transportation of goods
Transportation of goods
Warehouse
Warehouse

About Valpak®

Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America, is owned and operated by Cox Target Media, along with Savings.com. With nearly 170 franchises across the United States and Canada, the signature Blue Envelope® delivers savings and value to nearly 40 million households each month. Annually, Valpak will distribute some 20 billion offers inserted in more than 500 million envelopes. Valpak also offers digital solutions with www.Valpak.com®, an online site for printable coupons, e-commerce and coupon codes, which has nearly 70 million offer views each month, as well as apps for smartphone platforms For more information about advertising with Valpak, please contact 1-800-676-6878.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Cox Target Media, providers of Valpak, a leading North American direct marketing company and Savings.com, a leading online coupon site and community. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.

Contacts

Marsha Strickhouser
Valpak
(727) 399-3175
marsha_strickhouser@valpak.com