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Cuomo calls for donations to aid Sandy victims

A food and clothing drive is being held

A food and clothing drive is being held at the First Presbyterian Church of Babylon for victims of superstorm Sandy. It was organized by Michelle Melfi, her mother Judy Skillen and sister Kim Skillen, all of Babylon. (Nov. 2, 2012) Credit: Handout

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday recommended that people consider donating money instead of supplies to help the recovery effort from superstorm Sandy.

"Money gives us the flexibility to tailor relief to those who need it," Cuomo said in a news briefing. "For individuals, the best thing they can do is donate money."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg noted that there is still a need for clothing donations.

Charities and food banks around Long Island are accepting all types of donations at a variety of locations:


-- The North Bellmore Engine and Rescue Co. No. 2 will host a collection drive for Island Park. Donations will be accepted Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at 829 Newbridge Rd. in North Bellmore. The donations will be distributed this week.

-- Nassau County will accept donations to help county residents affected by Sandy. Drop-off sites are at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola; Eisenhower Park in East Meadow; Wantagh Park and the county's Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage.

-- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre is seeking nonperishable food, hand sanitizers, bottled water, diapers and baby wipes, basic toiletries and toilet paper, warm clothing, towels and blankets, batteries, can openers and flashlights. Donations are being accepted at any parish. The diocese also is accepting money donations, which will be distributed to parish-based and other Catholic social service agencies.

-- The Town of Oyster Bay will collect clothing Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Marjorie R. Post Community Park, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, and Oyster Bay Community Center.

-- Adelphi University in Garden City is accepting clothing, toiletries, and food for shelters in need in the New York City and Long Island areas. Power strips will be available for charging electronic devices.

-- Island Harvest in Mineola especially wants protein products in cans, personal-care items, and baby items, among other donations. For more information call 631-873-4775. The agency's mobile food distribution van will have free food and drinks available from noon until 1 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Fairground Avenue and Sixth Street in Huntington Station.

-- Hempstead Town will be distributing food and water through 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Oceanside Park and Newbridge Road Park.

-- Long Island Cares most crucially needs for diapers and baby formula to give to emergency shelters. For more information, call 631-582-FOOD or contact the agency via Facebook at

-- Long Island Food Not Bombs seeks new volunteers and donations of food, clothing, gasoline and communications devices. For more information, email

-- B'nai B'rith International opened a disaster relief fund for Sandy. To donate or for more information go to

-- In Babylon Village, American Legion Post 94 will accept donations of nonperishable food items, clothing, bedding, baby and child care items, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Tuesday.

-- The Town of Hempstead will collect coats, clothing, blankets and other essential supplies for storm victims. Starting Monday, collection bins will be at Hempstead Town Hall in Hempstead Village, Echo Park in West Hempstead and Levittown Hall.

-- The East Rockaway Fire Department is collecting and giving out supplies Sunday. Donations and those needing supplies should go to the firehouse at 5 Main St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

-- The Roslyn School District and All Hands Volunteers are hosting a food and supply drive in conjunction with the Roslyn Parent Faculty Association and the Village of East Hills on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Theater in East Hills Village Park. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., residents can pick up supplies from the donations. For more information or to donate, visit

-- Long Beach city officials are accepting donations at the Ice Arena. Items needed include blankets, diapers, wipes, children's shoes, paper towels, toilet paper, batteries, socks, hats, gloves, & shopping bags. Food and water donations are being accepted at the East and West elementary schools and Waldbaum's Plaza. Financial donations can be made online at or sent to City of Long Beach Relief, 1 West Chester St., Long Beach, NY 11561.

-- Janet Day

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