State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso’s office helped to collect supplies for Long Island Cares which will be sent to the people living in Puerto Rico.
Their lives were turned upside down after Hurricane Maria; many still live without electricity and running water. The lack of electricity has made it difficult to buy items because many of the stores are also without power and the residents have difficulty getting gasoline in order to drive to stores that are operating.
Boxes for donations were set up in libraries across the 16th Assembly District in Great Neck, Herricks, Port Washington, Williston Park and New Hyde Park.
Donations were also collected at the Village Hall in Thomaston, the Port Washington Community Chest, the Great Neck Social Center and his district office.
The donated supplies included water, non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, baby diapers and cleaning supplies which the National Guard will help to deliver to Puerto Rico.
“We feel deeply for the people in Puerto Rico. I hope these supplies will help them in the process of recovering from the storm and rebuilding their lives. We try to help each other whenever there is a crisis,” said D’Urso.
Long Island Cares was started by the late musician Harry Chapin. Their goal is for everyone who lives on Long Island to be able to get food to eat which will lead to “A Hunger Free Long Island.”
LI Cares provides many resources for people in need. Their “food drives” are for the collection of much needed donations, such as personal care items, supplies for baby care, seasonal items and, of course, non-perishable food.
Everything they collect will be distributed to benefit the hungry and food insecure on Long Island.
LI Cares also runs a pet food pantry called Baxter’s Pet Pantry and in addition to food, it has toys, pet clothes, feeding bowls, cat litter and other needed supplies that enable people to keep their precious pets.
Residents who wish to make a donation or who need food for themselves or their pets can go to one of their member agencies located throughout Nassau County which can be found on the LI Cares website or call (631) 582-FOOD (3663).