|New York ~ Folks looking to help disadvantaged people still suffering the after-affects from superstorm Sandy may now enjoy tunes by top-rated family-music artists while donating to causes that make a difference. All net proceeds from Neighbor to Neighbor: Family Music for Sandy Relief will benefit neighborhood relief organizations working in the Rockaways and Long Island.A colorful PDF booklet comes with each digital download of these 16 songs, available now fromBandcamp and CDBaby.com.
Neighbor to Neighbor was produced by Hudson Valley children’s performer Story Laurie (Laurie McIntosh). As she looked for ways to help downstate New Yorkers recover from the destruction wrought by superstorm Sandy, Laurie convinced well-known troubadours, including Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis and Dan Zanes, to provide songs. Fellow kindie music compadres, including Uncle Rock, Gustafer Yellowgold, Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke and Dog on Fleas also contributed songs for the effort.
Neighbor to Neighbor was born from McIntosh’s trip into the devastation. When Sandy floodwaters rose and gutted Queens, NY, she rounded up baked goods, warm clothes, and stringed instruments, driving six hours from her home in Andes, NY, to Far Rockaway to provide supplies that were still lacking after the government response. On the ground, Laurie recognized two groups that were effective in their relief work.
Says McIntosh: “Through the grassroots efforts of organizations like Camp Bulldog in Lindenhurst, Long Island and The Action Center in Far Rockaway, Queens, folks are getting what they need in terms of supplies and food, as well as medical and legal resources to help them move forward with recovery.” These nonprofit organizations will benefit from sales of Neighbor to Neighbor.
Music can soothe the soul at any time, but every now and then it can also generate tangible funds to aid in the soothing. Neighbor to Neighbor offers just that opportunity.
Note: All N2N proceeds are administered by the Arkville, NY-based 501-c-3 nonprofit the M-ARK Project, who will distribute funds to The Action Center and Camp Bulldog.