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Mobile Sandy center, food convoy
Mobile advice center for Sandy aid
Representatives from the state Department of Financial Services will be on Long Island this week to assist superstorm Sandy victims in applying for federal aid.
The state representatives, who will assist residents and business owners, also will help “with insurance-related issues stemming from damage caused by Sandy,” state officials said in a statement.
The representatives will meet with residents and business owners in the financial service agency’s mobile command center, officials said.
The command center will be located today at 500 Sunrise Hwy. in Valley Stream from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tomorrow at 492 Atlantic Ave. in East Rockaway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday at Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday at the corner of Bennett Place and Montauk Highway in Amityville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday at 351 Merrick Rd. in Amityville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More information is available at http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/.
— PATRICK WHITTLE
Convoy of Hope
Semi-trailers from Long Island Convoy of Hope will roll into Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in East Garden City on Saturday, June 8, to deliver more than 100,000 pounds of food and supplies to help feed up to 12,000 people.
The event is the Valley Stream-based organization’s second on Long Island where an entire field will be occupied by hundreds of volunteers to help families, organizers said. The organization is partnering with more than 50 churches on Long Island, as well as area businesses and agencies.
The event will be held at the complex, at 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. A smaller event will be held at Campbell Park, across from 99 Nichols Ct. in Hempstead Village, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for families with no transportation to Mitchel Field.
Attendees will receive free groceries, shoes, health services, dental cleaning, haircuts, family portraits, community services, prayer, live entertainment, lunch, games and activities for children, organizers said.
The National Convoy of Hope is one of the largest humanitarian relief organizations in the United States. The group has been active in 46 states and more than 109 countries providing disaster response, conducting community events, and directing nutritional programs and sustainability projects.
Volunteers, funds and some supplies are still needed. For more information, visit li.convoyofhope.org or call 516-561-6150.
— AISHA AL-MUSLIM