Stationery & Toy World, on 72nd Street just west of Columbus, is one of the great little shops on the Upper West Side. If you have a child, you know how helpful they are there, how they love to joke around, and how hard it is to get your kids to actually leave the store.
But here’s some bad news: owners Donna and Larry, who live on Staten Island, got nailed by Hurricane Sandy. Their home, on Midland Beach, was flooded and they’re still staying with friends. (see photos of Midland Beach destruction here.)
That’s not all. They “not only lost many personal items as a result of the storm, but also lost an enormous amount of inventory from their two warehouses, one of which was completely unsalvageable,” Mel Wymore told us.
“Thankfully, many donations have already come in, and they are beyond grateful: indeed, Donna was in tears when describing the amazing way that UWS neighbors have been helping them. However, they still have serious problems, including lost revenue, lost inventory, and a need for personal items.
The best way you can help right now is to patronize the store! The holidays are upon us, and S&TW carries an enormous line of products that are useful and fun. Note that buying on-site will help more than using the Internet or other methods.”
If you want to help them out, give gift cards instead of items. They have nowhere to store stuff now. Call Donna at the store at 212.580.3922 to learn more. They’re enormously grateful for all the help they’ve already received.