The Queens Chronicle is accepting donations of clothing, shoes, cases of bottled water and nonperishable food at its office in Rego Park, where the power is on and no trees or wires are blocking the streets.
Donated items will be sent to areas in South Queens devastated by Hurricane Sandy, including Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways. They will either be given to the offices of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), who are both conducting charity drives, or brought directly to the affected areas.
The Chronicle office is located at 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, on the east side of the road just south of 62nd Road, between Barosa restaurant and Barosa Brick Oven Pizza, about five blocks south of exit 19 on the Long Island Expressway. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, sometimes later than that, and can be reached at (718) 205-8000.
After business hours, items can be dropped off at Barosa Brick Oven Pizza, which is at 62-37.
Ulrich's office is located at 93-06 101 Ave. in Ozone Park and can be reached at (718) 738-1083. Miller's office is located at 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd. in Woodhaven and can be reached at (718) 805-0950.
Sandy is now known to have taken at least 38 lives in the city, eight of them in Queens. Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways were all devastated by flooding, with massive fires also causing widespread destruction on the peninsula. Any supplies that can be provided to the residents of South Queens are welcome, and donors can be assured that the Chronicle, Ulrich and Miller will get them there quickly.