Accepted items that can be donated include bottled water, non-perishable food items, laundry detergent, dish soap, hand sanitizer, diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, first aid kits, baby formula, garbage bags, towels, blankets, pillows, work gloves, safety glasses and extension cords.
In the wake of a string of earthquakes that have rocked Puerto Rico over the past several weeks, Supervisor Don Clavin and the entire Hempstead Town Board are coming together to provide water and other needed supplies to people in need. Today outside Hempstead Town Hall, Supervisor Clavin – along with Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll – provided an update on the many Puerto Ricans who are still without water and electricity, flanked by 200 cases of water and other supplies that are ready to be shipped. The water was donated by BJ’s Wholesale Club of Levittown.
“The Town of Hempstead is home to a large Puerto Rican population, and our hearts break for the residents who have family that are affected back home,” stated Supervisor Clavin. “I am proud that the entire Hempstead Town Board is coming together in a show of unity and support for Puerto Rico, and I’m confident that these supplies will go a long way toward helping people who need it most.”
The most recent earthquake to hit was a 5.9 magnitude quake on Saturday. This came just days after a 6.4 magnitude quake rocked the area, which is being called the area’s most powerful earthquake in 100 years. Reportedly, there was one death, many others injured, and thousands have been left without shelter, water or electricity.
“I know many residents that have family and friends in Puerto Rico,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “We encourage our neighbors to assist the Town of Hempstead in our collection drive to help Puerto Ricans recover and rebuild their lives.”
“As someone who was on the front lines during Superstorm Sandy, I know how quickly a natural disaster can bring a community to its knees,” added Councilman D’Esposito. “The Town of Hempstead has always come together to help those in need, and we are eager to help our Puerto Rican neighbors.”
The town will also be setting up collection boxes at Hempstead Town Hall and other municipal buildings located throughout our area. Accepted items that can be donated include bottled water, non-perishable food items, laundry detergent, dish soap, hand sanitizer, diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, first aid kits, baby formula, garbage bags, towels, blankets, pillows, work gloves, safety glasses and extension cords.
Through January 31st, collection boxes are being stationed at Hempstead Town Hall (One Washington Street, Hempstead), Old Town Hall (350 Front Street, Hempstead), the Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Office (200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead), Echo Park (399 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead) and Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Pkwy, Hicksville).
“No donation is too small and every little bit will go a long way,” said Councilman Blakeman. Added Councilman Dunne, “The Town of Hempstead looks forward to working with residents to help people in Puerto Rico.”
“This is what the Town of Hempstead is all about, people coming together to help others,” said Councilman Muscarella. Remarked Councilman Carini, “In my first month as a town councilman, I cannot think of a better way to serve my community than to assist people in their time of need.”
“We feel for the people of Puerto Rico and their Long Island families during this difficult time,” said Town Clerk Murray. Added Receiver of Taxes Driscoll, “The Receiver of Taxes Office at 200 North Franklin will have a collection box, and we are confident that our town employees will come through for Puerto Rico.”
“I thank my colleagues on the Hempstead Town Board and BJ’s Wholesale Club of Levittown for donating this water for the people of Puerto Rico,” concluded Supervisor Clavin.