Sandy Relief Effort, Your Help Is Needed — Truck leaving to NYC on November 16th

Hello bloggers, clients, family, and friends,

update: 11.15.2012 Raffle Ticket, winning numbers.

The following tickets were drawn randomly from all the people that came to our studio to donate goods and they will receive a complimentary family shoot.  The winning tickets are:






Check your tickets and if you are one of the winners call our studio at your earliest convenience to schedule your shoots.  Thank you so much for donating.

This is the first time ever that I blog a non-photography related post or an unhappy topic for that matter.  However, I have no problem breaking this record in an effort to help ease the pain and suffering of others affected by storm Sandy.  We need your help and here’s how.

A group of wedding industry professionals (names listed below) have come together and we have secured a truck leaving to NYC on November 16th, and now we need your help to fill up this truck to the top with needed goods.

Stephanie Bosco, Vanessa Then, Frank Paul, Tamara Cohen Angela Alen-Martinez and yours truly are helping out on this effort but feel free to contact us if you would like to help too.

I’m sure you have all seen the news and the devastation.  Thousands of families have lost everything they own, and even the ones that still have a roof have no power and no heat in this very cold winter.

We have facilitated 3 collection spots with a deadline of Nov 12th to make it easy for everyone to donate needed items from anywhere you live.

Alain Martinez Photography (central and south Miami)

att: Alain Martinez or Vanessa Then
2845  SW 69th Court
Miami Fl, 33155
Mon-Friday, 9:30 am – 5 pm

Dezer Collection (North Miami)

att: Tamara Cohen
2000 NE 146st
North Miami, Fl 33181

Stephanie Bosco (Broward and Palm Beach)

email Stephanie for her address:

J Morgan Flowers

att: Jacqueline
1500 west Copans Road
Studio A14
Pompano Beach
FL 33064


1200 Stirling Rd 9A&9B
Dania Beach, FL 33004

Of course these people are in need of EVERYTHING, but here are a few of the things we think are vital to surviving this rough time.

  • Daily toiletries
  • Non perishables to eat (-can openers)
  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Blankets
  • Coats
  • Sweaters
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Baby Products
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • First aid kits
  • Anything else you think would be needed for survival

My assistant Vanessa Then will be receiving your donations and separating them by categories.  I know that you do not need anything in return for such good acts of faith and kindness, but our studio would like to reward your kindness in the following way…

Every person that comes to the studio with a donation item will receive a raffle ticket, and on November 15th I will pick FIVE tickets and each of the winning tickets will receive a complimentary holiday family portrait session.

The truck, facilitated by Frank Paul will depart to NY on November 16th and thus we need all your donations no later than end of day November 14th. The truck will be delivered to a central location in NYC and with the help of NYPD will be distributed to the families in need.

All of us involved hope to have a truck full of your support to help as many families as we can in this time of need.  Thanksgiving is around the corner so find it in your hearts and give give give.  I’m sure strangers would do the same for you!

I’ll be updating this page regularly.  Come back often for updates.

Feel free to repost this in any social media outlet you desire.  We need all the help we can get.

A huge thank you from all of us involved.  I do not not know anyone personally affected by Sandy but plenty of people whose families have been greatly affected thank you in advance for your kindness.

6 Responses to "Sandy Relief Effort, Your Help Is Needed — Truck leaving to NYC on November 16th"

  1. Karen Maerovitz says:

    That’s awesome Alain… I am going to post this as well..

  2. Noel brown says:

    Will make arrangements to have everything to you by Friday. Thanks for organizing We know what they have to endure.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I am honored to work with and be friends with some amazing people!

  4. imagine1007 says:

    Thank you for doing this. I have half of my life in NJ this is devastating. I am delivering some goods at the Pompano location this afternoon.

  5. Janet Sarduy (Mejia) says:

    Hi Alain. Dunno if you remember me but we went to Edison together. I got this information through Gina Pelaez’s FB & forwarded it to my supervisor who in turn put out a company wide email that we’d be collecting here at our office today to then take to the Truck on Copans Road. We have quite a growing pile and would like to know what is the latest time we can drop off the stuff?

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