MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Randi Klaber of Mamaroneck is working on selling 500 calendars to raise money to donate to Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Sandy relief programs.
The first half sold in less than a month, proceeds of which went to the American Red Cross.
“During the storm, when we lost power, there were utility workers all around our area in Mamaroneck, so I went to talk to them and realized that they were from all over the country,” Klaber said. “Wherever anyone was without power, these guys were there, and they came from everywhere – Arizona, Texas, Florida.”
Having been a photographer for several years, she decided to ask if she could take their photos, which led to her idea to make a calendar as a way to raise funds for hurricane victims.
Mostly due to word of mouth in Westchester and in harder-hit areas where Klaber volunteers, her efforts have been a success. The workers’ families and friends have also been purchasing calendars, and a Mississippi utility company ordered 100.
She raised more than $2,500 for the American Red Cross.
“This has kind of snowballed over the past few weeks,” she said. “I sold through the first set so quickly that I had to order another 250, and this next round is going to Habitat for Humanity.”
Many homes in Mamaroneck were out of power for 10 to 12 days, as was the case in Larchmont, Scarsdale and some other parts of Westchester, so local support for those who continue to be in need has been strong as well.
“People have been really nice and donating more than the $16 [price] of the calendar,” Klaber said.
She helps out regularly in-person in Long Beach, the Rockaways, Breezy Point, and other areas that still need it, so as more people hear about the calendar, more and more emails come in.
“I’ve been spending my days going to the post office to ship them out,” she said. “I may have to order even more; we’ll see how the next few days go.”
To purchase a calendar, contact Randi Klaber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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