Alex Maureau, with the help of the office of state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), is still collecting items to help the families after an electrical fire damaged six homes last week in Middle Village.
The drive, which began last Tuesday, has already obtained enough clothing for now, but there are still items that are needed.
The fire started in the cellar of an attached home on 68th Avenue that quickly spread to five neighboring homes.
About 13 firefighters were injured that night, one of whom was in critical condition, but has since been declared stable.
The Red Cross has been assisting families by relocating them to nearby hotels and getting in touch with other agencies that can help the victims over the long term.
In the meantime, Maureau and others are trying to soften the blow to families as much as possible by collecting essential materials
Items that are still needed include cleaning items such as bleach, paper towels, brooms, mops, rubber gloves, spray cleaners, dish soap, trash bags and hand soap.
Toiletries, including toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, brushes and razors; bottled water, canned and packaged goods; school supplies and toys are also needed.
There are also three cats and one small dog that need food. K-9 Caterers of Glendale has already donated some food but there will be an ongoing need until the families get back on their feet.
Those who wish to donate can bring items to any of the four drop-off locations which include all three of Addabbo’s district offices located at 66-85 73 Place in Middle Village, 159-53 102 St. in Howard Beach and 88-08 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Rockaway Beach and the Queens Chronicle’s office located at 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park.
For more information, call Addabbo’s office at (718) 497-1630.