If we can take one good piece of news from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, it’s that people come together to help each other in times of crisis. All around the borough, elected officials, community leaders and area business are collecting supplies to help those battered by the storm.
• Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) is collecting clothing, shoes, diapers, toiletries, and children’s toys until 5 p.m. this evening and on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at his office, on the second floor of 56-21 Marathon Parkway in Little Neck. It can be reached at (718) 428-7900.
• City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton), who represents the Rockaways, which was devastated by the storm, is collecting supplies at his office at 234-26 A Merrick Blvd. in Laurelton, and he is also looking for volunteers to help out with the relief effort and donate their time. The office can be reached at (718) 527-4356.
• Legal Services NYC will be helping residents with storm-related challenges like getting emergency related services, including FEMA relief, access to food-related services, Medicaid, and other urgently needed help. In Queens, contact Jennifer Ching at (917) 721-9871.
• Anyone wishing to donate water, food, blankets, warm clothes, batteries and cell phone chargers may drop these items off at the office of City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), located at 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Suite 205. It will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It can be reached at (718) 383-9566.
• City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) will be delivering supplies to the hardest hit areas of Queens and Staten Island soon. Drop off donations at Vallone’s office at 22-45 31 St. in Astoria. It can be reached at (718) 274-4500.
• Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and his staff will be collecting donations of clothing, blankets, towels, nonperishable food, paper products, baby items and cleaning supplies beginning Monday at Hevesi's district office at 70-50 Austin Street, suite 110. All items will be delivered to relief agencies working in southern Queens.
• Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) is also accepting supplies — water, food, clothes: anything non-perishable. They can be dropped off at his office at 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd. For more information, call (718) 805-0950.
• The National Flood Insurance Program opened Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers today at Fort Tilden Park at 11-99 Rockaway Point Blvd. and Duane Reade at Beach 116th St. and Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway. They will be open until 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday through Sunday.
• The FEMA Call Center at 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362) is operating seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. The Call Center can provide answers to general questions about the National Flood Insurance Program and direct callers to other NFIP areas according to their needs.
• The Queens Chronicle is also accepting donations.
— AnnMarie Costella