Crowley, Shops at Atlas Park team up for Hurricane Sandy relief effort 1
Anna Marie Tramposch of Middle Village, left, and Paulita Rivas Meditz of Glendale behind her sort donated clothing by size and gender in preparation for packing and shipment to Breezy Point and the rest of the Rockaways in hurricane-ravaged southern Queens.
Crowley, Shops at Atlas Park team up for Hurricane Sandy relief effort 2
Ryan DeBiase and Cristina Martello of Middle Village seal boxes of relief supplies in the old Borders bookstore.
Crowley, Shops at Atlas Park team up for Hurricane Sandy relief effort 3
Steve McSweeney of Woodside unloads the 200 shipping boxes that he purchased and donated to the cause.
Crowley, Shops at Atlas Park team up for Hurricane Sandy relief effort 4
Volunteers sort and process the results of the generosity of Queens residents.
Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 10:30 am
Updated: 11:36 am, Thu Nov 15, 2012.
Word only started going out on Thursday afternoon, but by Friday, the Hurricane Sandy relief collection at The Shops at Atlas Park organized by the office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) was operating as if it had been planned for months.
Scores of volunteers assembled through social media and word of mouth gathered in the old Borders bookstore over the three days, going through mountains of bags and stacks of boxes containing clothing, food, cleaning supplies and bottled water.
The space was donated by Macerich Co., owner of The Shops at Atlas Park and Queens Center mall, and will continue this Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A Crowley spokesman said they were able to send just over 100 carloads of supplies in private vehicles.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 10:30 am.
Updated: 11:36 am.