Robertsons help Hurricane Sandy victims

Tuesday began early for David Robertson, who with his wife Erin and 10-month-old son Luke visited the Far Rockaway section of Queens on behalf of his High Socks for Hope charitable organization. In a joint venture with NBTY Helping Hands, the Robertsons teamed with a crew of volunteers to deliver new furniture to four families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Two 30-foot trucks arrived on Beach 45th Street filled with new furniture that was soon moved into homes where families had been displaced or living exclusively on the second floors. Brenda Frost, one of the occupants, said that when she returned to her home after being evacuated to Brooklyn the first floor of her house was still soaked from five feet of water that had seeped in.

“We lost everything except for some paintings on the wall,” she said. “We had to replace the floor because the old one buckled. There was no furniture left on the ground floor until today.”

The David and Erin Robertson Foundation and NBTY donated a check of $20,000 to pay for the new furniture to returning families of Bobby and Kim Hamilton, Esther and David Lookmauth, Brenda Garlin and John Correls and Lillie Thompson. The donation is expected to provide enough capital to furnish the homes of six additional families in the storm-devastated area. Two of the families were featured in pregame ceremonies at Yankee Stadium before Tuesday night’s game.

Also on hand was Robert Young Jr., founding principal of Rockaway Collegiate High School and bible teacher at Long Island Church of Christ in Central Islip.

The David and Erin Robertson Foundation, a donor advised fund with the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, is dedicated to assisting those affected by the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, their home town, and throughout the state of Alabama. The foundation strives to lend support to charities and organizations helping those who suffered loss and were affected by that tragedy. It also has reached out to recent tornado victims in Oklahoma.

“Alabama and New York are the two places I consider home, so to see both of my states so affected by these natural disasters is heartbreaking,” David said. “I have been fortunate enough to be given a state as a major league baseball player to help raise awareness for the victims of these disasters. My wife and I created High Socks for Hope to lend support to those suffering in the wake of natural disasters, especially after the immediate attention subsides. We are thankful for the donation from NBTY Helping Hands that is helping to get some of these families back into their homes.”

NBTY Helping Hands is the charitable arm of Nature’s Bounty, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of vitamins, supplements and sports nutrition items, based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

“As a Long Island company committed to helping people be healthy and well, it is particularly heartbreaking to see so many people in the area who still have been unable to return to normalcy even now, seven months after the storm hit,” NBTY Helping Hands chairman Mike Oliveri said. “While many of us have been able to move on with our lives, many have not. We hope that this donation will help some of these families get back on their feet.”

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