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Where to make Sandy donations on Long Island

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

For all the issues people are facing after superstorm Sandy, Newsday has been inundated with requests from Long Islanders asking how they can help others.

One of the biggest questions is where they can go to donate items. Below is some information we’ve received. If you know of any other churches, organizations, etc. that are collecting donations, please include that information in the comments section below.

* Beginning Monday, Hofstra University will host a drive collecting goods for the American Red Cross and the Office of Emergency Management.

The list of desired items includes: Warm clothing, such as sweat shirts and sweat pants of all sizes, coats; non perishable foods, that do not need to be cooked; cases of water or Gatorade; flashlights and batteries; blankets; baby wipes and small/sample toiletries and personal care items; paper towels and toilet paper; paper plates; big black garbage bags; latex gloves; flavored mixes for water bottles; socks; other emergency supplies.

Drop off locations will include Hofstra Hall lobby, Alumni House lobby, Student Center Main Dining Room and Adams Playhouse.

* Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray announced in a Saturday news release that the town will begin a collection drive of coats, clothing, blankets and other essential supplies.

Beginning on Monday, collection bins will located at Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington Street, Hempstead), Echo Park (399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead) and Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville).

* The Town of Oyster Bay will be conducting a clothing collection drive this weekend, Town Supervisor John Venditto announced in a news release Friday.

The collection will take place Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. at Oyster Bay Community Center, located on Church Street in Oyster Bay (down the block from Town Hall North); Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, located on Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury; and Marjorie R. Post Community Park, located at the corner of Unqua and Merrick Road in Massapequa.

* Starting on Saturday, residents are encouraged to donate adult and children’s clothing, shoes, blankets, coats and children’s toys. On Sunday, the clothing drive will continue, and distribution will begin to residents.

* Hundreds of donations, including clothing, canned goods, and water, have been collected at the First Presbyterian Church of Babylon.

The collection lasts until 4 p.m. today, and may be extended to Sunday from noon-4 p.m. if there are leftover items to distribute.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 79 East Main St., Babylon.

* Adelphi University is hosting an emergency blood drive on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The school also 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 is taking donations, especially protein products in cans, personal-care items and baby items. For more information call 631-873-4775.

* Long Island Cares is accepting donations, with the most crucial need for diapers and baby formula that will be delivered to emergency shelters. For more information, call 631-582-FOOD or contact the agency via Facebook at

* Long Island Food Not Bombs is seeking volunteers and donations of food, clothing, gasoline and communications devices. For more information, send a message to

* B'nai B'rith International opened a disaster relief fund for Sandy and is collecting donations. To donate or for more information, visit

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