Siller Foundation to distribute $2.75M in Home Depot gift cards to SI Sandy victims
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The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will distribute Home Depot gift cards, to a value of $2.75 million, to help Sandy victims buy some of the building supplies they need to repair their storm-damaged homes.
The money comes from the $4 million that the foundation has raised for Staten Island victims of Sandy.
The foundation will give out $250 Home Depot gift cards to Islanders in damaged homes.
Foundation head Frank Siller said that based on information he had received from the city Buildings Department, there could be as many as 11,000 homeowners eligible for the cards, with various degrees of damage to their homes.
“There could be less,” he said. “I hope there’s less. But I’m going to plan for 11,000.”
Details of the plan, and how Islanders can obtain the cards, will be unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Home Depot store at 2750 Veterans Rd. West.
Siller said no further information will be given out until then, and said that Sandy victims should not contact the foundation for details before the press conference.
“We believe these gift cards will make a real difference as Staten Islanders go about the task of putting their homes — and lives — together again,” said Siller.
Home Depot, a longtime partner of the foundation’s program that builds homes for wounded combat veterans, is donating $100,000 toward the Sandy gift-card effort.
“It’s important to always work with organizations that have been loyal to us for years, and Home Depot is one of them,” said Siller. “We have a good working relationship with them, so that’s why we turned to them. We’re very happy with their response.”
Among its relief efforts, the Siller Foundation has also purchased 15 turn-keys homes in Connecticut where displaced Islanders are now living in with their families.
The organization also said it has overseen the efforts of 10,000 volunteers to clean out and gut an estimated 1,500 homes, and distributed approximately $10 million in food, water, clothing, shoes and cleaning supplies to storm victims.
It also gave out thousands of toys during the holidays to children affected by Sandy.
By Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance