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Local Efforts to Help Sandy Victims: How You Can Help

Here's a roundup of local and regional efforts to help those in need after last week's superstorm.

In addition to efforts organized regionally by such organizations as The Volunteer Center in Westchester—through which you can donate clothing, food and time to help storm victims—there are several individuals and local businesses who are coordinating their own drives to benefit those in need.

Here's a short list of efforts we know about, don't hesitate to add your own in the comments below. 

Yorktown: Members of the Yorktown Police Benevolent Association (PBA) will be collecting a variety of items to donate to Hurricane Sandy victims in Brooklyn. The drive will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the K-Mart parking lot in Yorktown. Items being collected are water, non-perishable food, batteries, clean up supplies, blankets, baby formula and diapers. Two companies that are donating a truck to transport the donations as well as $1,000 worth of supplies are KD Industries and Brookfield Resource Management. 

Yorktown: The Yorktown Leos will be going to Colonial Gardens Co-op in Staten Island on Saturday, Nov. 10 to help with Hurricane Sandy relief and clean up. Members will be meeting at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights at 8:30 a.m. and will return at 5 p.m. Transportation is being provided by Guiding Eyes. All are welcome to join. Please wear suitable clothing, working boots or shoes, and work gloves. Face masks and a change of clothes are highly recommended as we will be working in flooded homes. If possible, please bring other materials, such as shovels, brooms, and bleach.

Shrub Oak: The Shrub Oak Athletic Club is holding a drive on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Administration Building, 1086 East Main Street in Shrub Oak. The need for clothing is limited at this time. Please donate one of these items: Medicine (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin), First Aid Kits, Anticeptics, face masks, contractor garbage bags, boots (waterproof), waterproof gloves/rubber gloves, socks, mops, brooms, cleaning supplies (bleach, Pinesol, sponges, scrub brushes), shovels, empty gas cans, snack bars, gift cards (Home Depot, Lowes, Sears), flashlights and batteries.

Somers: Collection will be held in the vacant building next to Somers Eye Center on 202 on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. No clothes, other than under clothes (socks, underwear, bras). Items being collected for Breezy Point are: shovels, work gloves, mops, bleach and any other cleaning supplies, construction-type garbage bags, flashlights and batteries (C&D), extension cords. Thermoses with hot soup and coffee. Also needed are: space heaters, non-prescription medications (Advil, cold & flu stuff....), dog food and supplies, nonperishable foods anf juice boxes. Baby items - diapers, wipes. You can bring your stuff in boxes. People so far have donated their time and money for the trucks and gas. Click here for more information.

Mahopac: Collette Magontta and her husband are having a drive on Sunday, Nov. 11 in front of Fraser's Hardware store located in the Mahopac Village Center (152 Route 6, the A&P Save-A-Center) in Mahopac. They're asking people to donate cleaning supplies, contractor bags, brooms, mops, cleaning gloves, Clorox, disinfectants, etc. The items will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point. Once all collected, they will be driving to a distribution center. 

Cross River: Local resident Ali Giglio, Rockaway native with friends and family in that storm devastated region, is organizing a run of supplies to the area in the next few days, and plans to continue long-term efforts through the Appalachia Service Project. Contact her at gigs52@aol.comfor her address and drop off times. Here's what she said is needed: Winter outerwear for men, women and children; gift cards in any denomination (preferably in $20 or $25, ranges for even distribution) to Lowe's, Sears or Home Depot; large garbage bags; batteries, flashlights, dust masks, work gloves, battery powered and hand tools, bleach, brooms, mops, rubber gloves and buckets, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, diapers and formula, powdered milk, juices and non perishable food, blankets, sleeping bags, first Aid Kits, personal hygiene items, Children's and adults cough medicine, Tylenol and Advil, children's books and games.

Mt. Kisco, Sunday at Jodi's Gym: Somersaults for Sandy will be this Sunday, Nov. 11: A a gymnastics FUNdraiser to help provide disaster relief to families affected by Hurricane Sandy. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. The minimum donation is $25 per child. Click here for details.

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