We have begun collecting blankets and coats at our District Office (105 East 116th Street) for families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Tens of thousands of people are still without power and heat today, as temperatures continue to drop. Please feel free to call ahead (212-828-9800) or just stop by to leave your donation. For our West Side constituents, we have also learned that Modell’s on W. 98th Street and Columbus Avenue is collecting clothing and blankets.
This weekend, Melissa joined thousands of New Yorkers who went out to devastated neighborhoods across the city to offer support in these difficult times. In Chinatown, we delivered food to the homebound. In Staten Island, we cleaned up around homes that were completely destroyed. And in Coney Island, we bused supplies over to housing developments and went door-to-door checking in on residents, finding some homebound seniors stuck in 12th floor apartments without elevators to get downstairs.
Given the crisis we find ourselves in, with an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 people that could be in need of housing, we encourage all of our constituents to continue to band together to help our fellow New Yorkers. In addition to donating blankets and coats at our office, please also consider making a donation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York, or continuing to give your time at volunteer sites throughout the city.