To repay the outpouring of help they received after Superstorm Sandy, Long Islanders are holding charity fundraisers and drives to support survivors of Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last week.
Storm recovery is an issue that hits close to home for Long Island, where many residents lost homes, property, businesses, loved ones and personal belongings in 2012—with some still recovering. As a way to give back, some are hosting donation drives to send assistance to survivors while others travel to Houston to volunteer.
“We know the exhaustion factor, the physical and emotional toll these catastrophic events have,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, which is sending three teams of 40 volunteers to Houston. “I thank those volunteers who have responded to this call to action, and every team member who has expressed a desire to help those who are suffering.”
Check out some ways you can help benefit those impacted by Hurricane Harvey:
Adelphi FTA School Supply Drive
Adelphi University University Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. 11a.m.-3p.m. Sept.5-8.
Atria Plainview, 12 Washington Ave., Plainview. $20. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6.
Help for Houston
Mulchany’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. $20 online and at the door. 5-9p.m. Sept. 6
LIU Cares Hurricane Relief Drive
LIU Post Campus Concierge in Hillwood Commons, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. 9a.m.-5p.m. Sept.7.
BRG Benefit for Hurricane Harvey
Monsoon Steak & Sushi, 48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon. $50 online and at the door. 6 p.m. Sept.8.
Bring Donations to Congressman Thomas Souzzi’s Office
Bring donations such as cleaning supplies, baby products, flashlights, personal hygiene products, first aid supplies, gift cards (please note that no cash or check donations will be accepted) and non-perishable food items or canned goods. 478A Park Ave., Huntington or 250-02 Northern Blvd., Little Neck.
Donate to Island Harvest Food Bank
Bring donations to an Island Harvest Food Bank location. 15 Grumman Road West, Ste.1450, Bethpage; Hauppauge Distribution Center, 40 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge; Uniondale Distribution Center, 875 Jerusalem Ave., Uniondale. 9a.m.-3:30p.m. Weekdays (Continuing)
Other ways to help?
The Red Cross
Donate $10 by texting HARVEY to 90999, visiting redcross.org or calling 1-855-999-GIVE.
United Way Relief Fund
Text UWFLOOD to 41444.
The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.