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Queens ready with a helping hand for Puerto Rico, other devastated areas

By Naeisha Rose

As Puerto Rico struggles to recover from Marias brutal blow, the NYPD, elected officials, individuals and churches throughout Queens are doing their part to help the island and other areas devastated by powerful hurricanes.

The New York Police Department Friday requested additional supplies to be dropped off at precincts, as well as transit and housing command centers. The centers can be found at www.nyc.gov/NYPD.

The NYPD asked for donations of rubber latex gloves, heavy-duty construction gloves, anti-bacterial wipes, filtered face masks and battery-operated flashlights and lanterns.

While working in conjunction with southeast Queens officials like state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), Assembly members Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) and Clyde Vanel (D-Clyde Vanel) as well as Council members Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) and I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), the NYPD had asked for new and unopened batteries, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water, hygiene products and non-perishable items earlier in the week.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) announced her office at Shops at Atlas Mall, located at 71-19 80 St., Suite 8-303, in Glendale will be a drop-off site for similar packaged items, including feminine hygiene products, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ridgewood, one of the neighborhoods represented by the councilwoman, has the highest concentration of Puerto Ricans in the borough.

Also helping out in western Queens is community activist Martha Flores-Vazquez, who has opened a site for donations at 100-13 Astoria Blvd., in East Elmhurst.

In northeast Queens St. George’s Episcopal Church, located at 135-32 38th Ave. in Flushing is accepting donations Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Mets Pitcher Seth Lugo who has family on the island, has worked with the baseball team and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort to support Puerto Rico at Citi Field in Flushing. To make a contribution to the team you can contact representatives at community@nymets.com or 718-565-4321.

Contemporary art institution MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, is collecting items at noon to 6 p.m. from Thursdays to Mondays and can be reached at 718-784-2084.

To further help those in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Houston and Florida contact non-profits UNICEF at unicefusa.org and the Red Cross or www.redcross.org.

The Red Cross can be reached by phone at 877-733-2767 in the Greater New York area.

Drop-off locations in southeast Queens Precincts

100th Police Precinct I 92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Rockaway. NY

101st Precinct I 16-12 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway. NY

102nd Police Precinct I 87-34118th Street Richmond Hill, NY

103rd Police Precinct I 168-02 P.O. Edward Byrne Ave. Jamaica, NY

105th Police Precinct I 92-08 222nd Street Queens Village, NY

106th Police Precinct I 103-51101st Street Ozone Park NY

107th Police Precinct I 71-01 Parsons Blvd. Flushing. NY

113th Police Precinct I 167-02 Baisley Blvd. Jamaica, NY

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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