By Jon Cronin, Editor
Community activist Martha Flores-Vazquez has joined forces with former Councilman Hiram Monserrate and opened two locations in Queens for donations to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico
The first location is at 100-13 Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst and will receive drop offs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The second location is at St. George’s Episcopal Church, located at 135-32 38th Ave. in Flushing. The church is taking donations at the parish’s main office on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The relief drive is collecting water, batteries, flashlights, canned foods, medical supplies, diapers and nonperishable items.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) office at the Shops at Atlas Mall, located at 71-19 80th St. in Glendale, is accepting flashlights, portable lanterns, batteries, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products. All must be in unopened packaging.
These following locations to drop donations were announced by the mayor’s office.
- Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney St., East Elmhurst
- Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Ave., Corona
- Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights
The sites will only accept diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products. Donations will be accepted from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. FDNY members at these locations may not be present during drop-off hours if they are responding to an emergency.
The NYPD announced that every police precinct and transit and housing command are accepting donations. They will only accept latex rubber gloves, heavy duty construction gloves, anti-bacterial wipes, battery operated flashlights and lanterns and filtered face masks. To find the location near you check: www.nyc.gov/nypd.