Ways to help victims of Hurricane Sandy
by Kathleen Lees
Nov 07, 2012 | 3596 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers at Liz Crowley's drive for the hurricane
Volunteers at Liz Crowley's drive for the hurricane
Several political officials and local organizations have joined forces to combat the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, hosting food and clothing drives to benefit the families affected most.

“Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented damage to thousands of homes throughout the city, but as always, New Yorkers are coming together to help those in need,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who partnered with Macerich, operators of Atlas Park Mall, to collect donations for victims this past weekend.

Residents dropped off canned food, clothes and cleanup supplies at 8000 Cooper Avenue starting on Thurs., Nov. 1, giving supplies to families hit by the storm.

To lend more of a helping hand, other officials in the area are offering their guidance by collecting donations for affected areas.

State Senator Joe Addabbo’s Middle Village office is currently collecting donations for disaster relief and distribution to affected areas, as well as drop-off locations as St. Margaret’s Parish in Middle Village, Queens College, Met Council, Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association, and Legacy Center.

Addabbo, whose district office at Howard Beach was destroyed in the storm, is now currently working at his satellite office, located at 66-85 73rd Place, to collect the donations.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is also currently collecting water, food, blankets, warm clothes, batteries and cell phone chargers at his district office in Sunnyside, located at 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205.

As hundreds of thousands of homes are still without power and many families are in need of everyday essentials, some organizations will be hosting events later in November to help out.

Michael LoCascio, parish athletic director at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, said that in conjunction with the Transfiguration Athletic League and the Queens Ledger the organizations will be collecting toys, clothes, school supplies and non-perishable foods at Martin Luther High School, located at 60-02 Maspeth Ave. on Sat., Nov. 24, from 2 to 8 p.m. and on Sun., Nov. 25, from noon to 6 p.m.

“We’re trying to help the people who have nothing,” LoCascio said, who emphasized that this drive might bring a little holiday cheer with its proximity to Thanksgiving.

“Hopefully we can help and offset the holiday.”

Collecting everything from school supplies to food items, LoCascio said he was planning on a big turnout out to help give back to the community. “We need people,” LoCascio said. “So come on and help out.”

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