More than 40 volunteers were gathered in the old Borders bookstore going through mountains of bags and stacks of boxes containing clothing, cleaning supplies, bottled water and other items that were coming in from caravans of donors.
The space was donated by Macerich Co., the owner of The Shops at Atlas Park and Queens Center mall.
Crowley spokesman Eric Yun said the turnout of both volunteers and donors was gratifying, particularly with the short notice.
“We just blasted this on social media,” Yun said.
Volunteers took all the clothing and sorted it by gender and size. Yun said they will deliver all donations to places where specific materials are needed in southern Queens.
Paulita Rivas Meditz of Glendale said she came to Atlas Park to attend a movie, all the while wondering what she could to to help hurricane victims.
“But there was nothing playing that I wanted to see,” she said. “Then I walked past here and saw what they were doing and asked if I could help.”
Working through the mountains of donations she met Anna Marie Tramposch of Middle Village.
“I came here with my husband just to drop off a donation,” Tramposch said. “Then I asked if they needed volunteers and they said yes.”
Steve McSweeney of Woodside was moved enough to go to Home Depot and purchase 200 shipping boxes to aid effort.
“My home came through just fine,” he said of Hurricane Sandy. “But I went to Breezy Point. It was terrible.”
The group will be collecting until 8 p.m. Friday night, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.