Junior League of Long Island’s thrift shop temporarily closed due to Ida

Junior League of Long Island’s thrift shop temporarily closed due to Ida

The Junior League of Long Island’s thrift shop in Roslyn remains closed due to damage caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida. 

In late August and early September, the storm, which at its strongest was a Category 4 hurricane, traveled from the Caribbean to New York and caused severe damage. 

The league, an organization of women dedicated to promoting volunteering and improving communities, said damage to its building on Old Northern Boulevard amounted to approximately $225,000. 

“When Ida hit Long Island, the force of the wind and pounding rain struck the JLLI building, flooding the basement almost to the ceiling … destroying the Housewares department and the storage space adjacent to it,” the league said in a statement. 

The building, which has been standing since 1856, also acts as the organization’s headquarters. Because of the inability to operate the facility, the league cannot receive any physical donations until construction is completed. In the meantime, donations can be made at the league’s website, www.jlli.org.  

According to the National Weather Service, Central Park received 8.2 inches of rain, with a whopping 3.15 inches between 8:51 p.m. and 9:51 p.m. 

Along with replacing utilities such as electricity and the boiler, floors and walls were severely damaged in the thrift shop, which is the organization’s primary fundraiser. 

The league’s website said that 25 percent of the necessary work has been done. 

League President Carol St. Jacques said in a statement: “The Junior League of Long Island is made of an unstoppable force of women that strives on building better communities. While we may have a long road ahead, we will come back stronger and better than before.” 

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