a New York calendar to raise funds for Sandy relief

November 8, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc photography the biz

UPDATE: We sold out our first small run in 24 hrs! We are selling more in our shops but please allow up to 4 business days for the calendars to ship, though in most cases it will ship earlier than that. With your help, we have already made monetary donations to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, The Red Hook Lobster Pound, and the Ali Forney Drop in Center. We’ve also delivered supplies down to Occupy Sandy and the Park Slope Armory, which is housing storm evacuees. In our next round we plan to fund The Bay Ridge Cares Kitchen, the Red Hook Initiative, Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief, and Staten Island Project Hospitality. Thank you so much for your purchase and support!
I had been working on a NY calendar for the last few weeks, but with all that has happened over the past 10 days, it now seems fitting somehow. So, for the month of November I’ll be donating 30% of all calendar sales to some of the local organizations that are listed on this post and will also be taking a portion of the funds to purchase the most currently needed supplies for distribution and relief centers. The supply needs change seemingly by the hour, but via Twitter and Facebook, we’re able to see announcements of what is needed at that moment and try to put that in motion. Just this past Tuesday The Red Hook Initiative, for example, put out a call that they needed aluminum and foil serving containers to distribute meals. Later that afternoon, Mark was able to purchase and drop off 500 of those containers. This is social media put to use at its best.


The rest of the country might have moved on from Hurricane Sandy as the Election dominates the news and coverage of the aftermath and recovery efforts gets buried, but as the days go on for some people still without power, heat and shelter, the situation becomes more dire because of the cold (oh, did you know that we are having a full fledged Nor’Easter snowstorm right now? I know, right??). Field reports from volunteers paint the most realistic picture and the conditions are often much more worse than you can even imagine. We try to help because it’s the right thing to do. The weather doesn’t discriminate. You might only be spared because of pure luck and chance and if we were to find ourselves the unfortunate ones next time, we’d be grateful for the help too.
Find the calendars on our website or our Etsy shop.

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  • Kristina November 8, 2012 at 3:16 am

    love that idea!

  • unha engels November 8, 2012 at 7:01 am

    wow. jenna, these are beautiful.

  • DominikaZR November 8, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Hi Jenna, This calendar looks great. I will put a link to your web site on my Facebook profile and try to spread the word.

  • Kimberly November 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Beautiful calendar and a great idea!

  • Terri November 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The news cycle may have moved on but we are still with you, watching and hoping and helping however we can.

  • MCC November 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to support Sandy and Whimsy & Spice. Just bought one!

  • Kiana November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

    What a great idea Jenna. These photos are beautiful and the idea behind them is too. Good luck with this!

  • Jen November 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Beautiful work and what a great way to help. I shared a link to your post on my facebook 🙂

  • Lauren November 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

    What a beautiful calendar and great gift idea!

  • jennifer November 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Beautiful Jenna!

  • sylvï November 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    aside from the obviously good cause, the calendar looks absolutely grand! it has that classic NY feel but with a fresh breath to it. lovely work.

  • Britt Madsen November 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing what you are seeing in NY.

  • Laura November 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Such a wonderful idea. I have been reading facebook posts of volunteers in the rockaways and such and I cannot believe the devastation. It is like living in a war zone. Hard to believe this is happening in the United States. The media needs to bring the spotlight back on this devastation.

  • YJ November 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    These are awesome (and just in time for holiday gifts). Is it possible to pick them up from you when you’re at Brooklyn Flea?

  • cantaloupe November 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Today on some Indian radio station they had an update and one of them was from America and it said that areas that had been devastated by Sandy were now being hit with power outages from the snow storm. It just hits again and again!

  • maghy November 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I love it… I just put a link on y facebook and I am planning to get one for myself!

  • Jenna November 9, 2012 at 12:41 am

    @YJ we don’t plan on bringing them to the Flea, but if you make a special request, we can have them there for pickup -providing we have any left. They have been selling so fast!

  • Christine Somers November 9, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Your calendars are lovely. It is the right thing to do to help those devastated by Sandy; your kindness will be appreciated by all your touch.

  • Barbie // Little Skyline November 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful calendar, Jenna!

  • sandra November 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    jenna, the calendar is so beautiful! now i know exactly which one i’ll have for the next year!

  • Theresa November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful photography coupled with an amazing cause, I’m in. Thank you for your continued coverage and support.

  • Cez November 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    J’adoooooore!!!! want it!!!

  • Susan November 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    So thankful for friends like you all this holiday season! Lets cook up some lobster brittle in the spring.
    Red Hook Lobster Pound