Sandy relief concert money put to work
NEW YORK - Some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll were on the bill for the nationally televised "12-12-12" concert benefiting victims of superstorm Sandy, but the charity in charge of distributing donations has been thinking small when it comes to doling out the $50 million-plus raised by Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and other stars. More than 160 organizations have received shares of the Sandy relief funds collected by the Robin Hood Foundation. The list of recipients includes places such as the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., which received $25,000 to install showers and beds for the stream of volunteers it has been deploying to help rebuild damaged homes. Numerous food pantries got grants to help serve thousands of hot meals. Another group received $25,000 for making storage space available to families that need a temporary place to put salvaged possessions.Robin Hood gave a $100,000 grant to an operation called Rockaway Relief, put together after the storm by James Brennan, who hired tractor-trailers to send space heaters, water pumps and generators to the disaster zone. The foundation gave $150,000 more to the Mennonite Disaster Service, which has been dispatching home builders almost daily to New York City's Staten Island and the Rockaways all the way from Pennsylvania.