The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is organizing a collection drive to provide needed items to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Foundation organized a similar effort after Superstorm Sandy.
The collection drive is taking place on Wednesday, September 6th from 7am to 6pm. Collections sites are located at:
-WLAD/98Q, 98 Mill Plain Road in Danbury
-Faith Church on the border of New Milford and Brookfield
-Memorial Field in New Fairfield
-IGA in Sherman
The emergency items needed are:
-Toiletries (ex soap, shampoo)
-Canned and bagged food
-New socks (NO OTHER CLOTHING ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED)
The charity was established in memory of a firefighter killed on 9/11. Siller had just gotten off duty when the planes hit the World Trade Center. He drove to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed so he strapped on 60 pounds of gear, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers.
One of Siller's cousin is former New Fairfield First Selectman John Hodge. He is organizing the collection drive locally.
The charity is best known for assisting families of first responders who have died in the line of duty. The organization has also built high-tech "smart homes" for military members who suffered catastrophic injury in war. One of the group's biggest fundraisers is the annual Tunnel to Towers run, which retraces Siller's steps from Brooklyn to lower Manhattan.
In the aftermath of Sandy, Tunnel to Towers raised $12 million which is parlayed into $50 million in aid. A million man hours in volunteer relief work was put in by Foundation members. Over 200 homes were rebuilt by Tunnel to Towers and mold was remediated at another 1,000 homes. The charity also distributed $5 million in strategic supplies to homeowners in need, which eventually resulted in the rebuilding of another 850 homes.