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Operation Hurricane Relief

Relief Bus Team Heading to Staten Island

Serving at a FEMA site in Coney Island

Debris in Staten Island

Hurricane Sandy Relief Update

For seven days The Relief Bus staff was on a mission trip to Haiti helping orphans and earthquake victims still living in tent cities. Because of Hurricane Sandy, airports were shut down in New York and New Jersey and our stay was extended three more days.

Upon returning to the Northeast, our team was thrown into disaster relief in our own region. We scrambled to get gas for our outreach vehicles and emergency supplies. Each day we are going to the hardest hit areas in New York to bring hot food, beverages and much needed items. The weather is turning very cold and we are distributing blankets, hats, gloves, hand warmers, socks, etc.

Our own staff has lost power and heat in their homes and is staying in The Relief Base. We can use your help to help hurricane victims during this great time of need.

Here is how you can get involved:

1. Help us buy supplies online:

SOCK WHOLESALERS: They dropped their $100 minimum order (for phone orders only) to $25. (Still $100 min. online). They will also consolidate orders and ship at a lower rate, the money saved on shipping will be given to us in more socks! They will adjust costs after the fact and give us the difference in more socks AND cover the shipping! CLICK HERE.

START RITE: Purchase pre-packaged hygiene kits. Minimum order of 144 (sold by the case). CLICK HERE.

2. Help us buy “Relief Kits”:

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE for “Relief Kits” #1 for Men and #2 for Women. They have dropped their minimum order of 100 kits to 50 kits. They will also consolidate orders and send us the shipping savings in kits! You must call or email them to order. CLICK HERE.

3. Donate to The Relief Bus:

Use our online donation page at and designate “Hurricane Sandy.” CLICK HERE.

4. Have your church take up a special offering to support Relief efforts!


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Relief Bus in the Bronx

I arrived at 7:30am to prepare for a day of outreach on The Relief Bus. Fresh
soup was cooked and fresh bread was picked up from the bakery. We worshipped
and prayed on our ride into the city, for those in bondage to be set free. It
was another amazing day of light shining in the darkness. I’m so glad I get
to do this.

Volunteers pray for Bonnie, who just lost her husband two weeks earlier.
Relief Bus staff have been trying to help Bonnie literally bury her husband
because she had no money to afford a burial. They have also been working
to get her housing.

Johnny is a guy who works full-time, but because he makes $8 an hour he can’t
afford housing and currently lives in a shelter. We prayed for each other and
exchanged cell phone numbers to stay in touch.

Bob Karson is a long-time New York City Relief board member and Managing
Director at U.S. Trust. He came out on The Relief Bus to share some love and hope
with people on the streets.

Austin Bonds, Director of Outreach meets in The Relief Bus office with Luis.
Luis is homeless and is looking for shelter. Regular volunteer, Anna, is
translating Spanish to English.

Prayer is always appreciated on the streets and many are grateful for the
volunteers who come out to extend love and faith for breakthrough.

Aris Pavlides (back row) is Chairman of the Board for New York City Relief.
He came out with his wife Denise to feed the hungry in the Bronx and serve
“the least of these”. Andre (right) is a new volunteer. I prayed with him to
rededicate his life to Christ on the sidewalk this very same day. He is committed
to getting his life headed in the right direction.

Raphiella comes regularly twice a week to The Relief Bus. She described to
me how dangerous her neighborhood is with bullets flying sometimes. She
is probably the nicest and happiest person I have ever met. She gets food
from The Relief Bus to help feed her family of five. Her husband is on
disability due to diabetes. We prayed for his healing.

Miranda (right) is nineteen-years-old. She came out to serve the poor with
a group from the Walter Hoving Home, a Christian rehab and discipleship
program. Having been set free from an addiction to heroin and meth, she is
now reaching out to help bring freedom to others.

Warren and I talked for a long time together. He showed me a photo of his
beautiful six-year-old son he lost due to his alcoholism. His wife is in a
mental hospital. They are working to get their son back and restore their
family. I gave Warren some job information. He is trained in security.

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Chip The Homeless Glass Blower


Austin Bonds, Relief Bus Director of Outreach bought a hand blown glass necklace from Chip who lives in his car. He was selling hand blown glass on the sidewalk just down the street. It was really artistically well done stuff.

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Brice and Legend


Brice and Legend are both homeless and sleep in the park. Brice’s stuff all got stolen. I got them some job info which made them really happy because they want to get off th streets. We prayed together and they took some of the comic book tracts with them that I wrote. Brice is going to hit me up on facebook later.

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William Gets A Helping Hand

William is homeless and collects cans to survive. He got a new coat at The Relief Bus today and was SO happy. I gave him job info as well. He is a trained cook. Before he left we had a chance to pray. New friends on the street- I can’t get enough.

William carries around this big trash bag full of all his worldly belongings. The smaller bag is full of cans for recycling which is one of the few ways homeless people can support themselves.

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Asa’s Card


Asa is writing a thank you card to these volunteers and staff for all the food and clothing he received over the years.

Asa wrote in his card, “Thank you to all of the volunteers aboard The Relief Bus, Kiera and Rachel and everyone else to have a blessed Thanksgiving, from Asa.

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Jesus and an Angel


Just prayed with Jesus and Angel. Both are homeless. Gave Jesus info on classes to learn English. My broken Spanish came in handy.

Jesus is separated from his wife and kids, so we prayed for healing and restoration. Angel needed a warmer coat, so we got both of the guys some more clothes. They were very appreciate of the help. Both of these guys were really sweet. They weren’t addicts, they were just going through hard times. I gave work info to Angel in English and Jesus in Spanish to help them out.

These men are both believers, trusting God to help them survive on the streets of New York City.

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