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Instead of Running, He’s Giving Back

Resident collecting food, water, and clothing to give to New York City residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Seth Ruderman had to do something.

Ruderman, a Wayne resident, signed up to participate in the New York City Marathon on Sunday but decided not to participate in the marathon once Hurricane Sandy hit. He’s been training for the past six months by running around Packanack Lake.

“I just didn’t think it was the right time to run,” said Ruderman.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday afternoon the marathon was cancelled for the first time in its history due to the outcry from residents about reallocating police officers and generators to help run an athletic event.

Instead of touring the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in the five boroughs, Ruderman will be collecting food, water, warm clothes, and blankets at his house Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ruderman lives at 20 Robin Hood Way.

Ruderman wants to fill five trucks with supplies. Each one would be given to a food pantry in each of the New York City’s five boroughs.

“The charities from the runs will still get their money but the residents, they don’t a thing,” Ruderman said. “At least we can give something back to people who really need help now.”

For more information, e-mail Ruderman at: seth.ruderman@ubs.com.

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Marisa S November 03, 2012 at 06:30 PM
What Seth is doing is absolutely AMAZING and I'm proud to call him a friend. For anyone who can donate items, they are accepting donations up until 8pm today at 20 Robin Hood Way (not 3pm like the article states).
Deb ruderman November 03, 2012 at 07:07 PM
This Is one proud mother! We have an amazing son.
Scott Sosin November 03, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Great job Seth!
Julie Ruderman November 03, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Amazing brother I have and love that I've been here to help
Michael Litke November 04, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I applaud your compassion and keen sense of community. A good egg! You make our family and our City proud!
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 04:12 PM
THANK YOU SETH !!!!! So many people need our help out there.
Rachelle Ettman November 07, 2012 at 03:29 AM
I am one of the fortunate souls touched by Seth's angelic wing. He came into my community of Sea Gate with out any fan fare, but left us overwhelmed with his kindness and generosity. So impressed. Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! Rachelle Ettman.

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