On the night of October 28th, 2012 we were evacuated from our apartment in Queens and begrudgingly took shelter with family on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for what we thought would be another false alarm and a couple of nights on air mattresses. 9 days later we were able to return to our apartment- still without power or heat- and a lobby ruined by over 4 feet of water that flooded in from the East River. We were very, very lucky.
In Breezy Point, The Rockaways, Staten Island, and many more communites in and around the New York area the devestation was incomparably worse. Homes were destroyed, businesses ruined, and lives were lost in the storm. This holiday season will be a tough one to say the least for many of our fellow New Yorkers.
Oddly enough, when Sandy hit we were already in the process of recording a new song written for friends who had a tree fall on their home in North Carolina a few years back when another hurricane pummeled the city of Raleigh. We decided to rush the recording process and post the song for sale- with all proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
"Island Harvest is the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island. By relying on volunteers, in-kind services, and donated food, we devote 97 cents of every dollar contributed directly to our programs." We've chosen this organization because they are better able to channel their funds directly to the hurricane Sandy victims than larger national organizations with a lot more overhead and red tape.
Please contribute what you can!
Hurricane Sandy Devastation
NYC subway station
outside our apartment building
Breezy Point, NY
Breezy Point, NY
Rockaway Beach, NY
Neeley Bridges- vocals, mandolin, guitar
Chris Benelli- drums, percussion, piano, banjo, piano
Andy Jobe- vocals
Tony Tino- bass
Produced by Chris Benelli.
Vocals, mandolin, and guitar recorded by Amil Dave.