The hurricane-force winds and the mountainous storm surge are now just bad memories, but in many areas of the Heralds’ coverage area — Long Beach, Oceanside, Island Park, East Rockaway, parts of Baldwin and the Five Towns, parts of Bellmore and Merrick — Hurricane Sandy’s consequences will live on for weeks, months or years. Its deep physical, psychological and financial effects will be felt by many residents and business owners for a long time.
Federal, state, county, town, village and school district budgets will be — are already — strained beyond the deficit-laden spending plans they were before the storm struck so violently. The City of Long Beach is slowly recovering, but it has been in ruins, its infrastructure torn apart. Only its spirit stayed strong, thanks to the good people who live and work there.
All around, our neighbors are still hurting, and still need help.
The Herald has compiled this list of organizations and places where you can donate cash, food, clothes — or volunteer and lend a hand.
American Red Cross
(877) RED-CROSS (733-2767)
90 Charity Lane, Hicksville N.Y. 11801
199 Second St., Mineola, N.Y. 11501
Island Harvest Uniondale Warehouse (behind the Holly Patterson extended care facility),
875 Jerusalem Ave.,
Hours: weekdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Contribute funds, food, or volunteer
Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund
c/o Nassau County Police Department – Commissioner’s Office
1490 Franklin Ave., Mineola, N.Y. 11501
111 Willis Ave., Mineola, N.Y. 11501-0448
Volunteer to help
United Jewish Appeal
Kol Ditzrich Kosher Food Pantry
Central Avenue, Woodmere
Temple Beth Am
2377 Merrick Avenue, Merrick
Nonperishable food, toiletries, home goods
Assemblyman Brian Curran’s office
St. Christopher’s Church
11 Gale Ave.
(516) 223-0723, stchris.com
Christian Family worship center
885 Seaman Ave. East
(516) 442-2645, cfwcli.com
Baldwin School district
960 Hastings St.
(516) 377-9200, www3.baldwinschools.org
Eat Meadow Fire Department
340 East Meadow Ave.
Food, medical supplies, home essentials