Monday, November 12, 2012

Post-Hurricane Sandy Clean-Up

NEW YORK — Hundreds of volunteers headed to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy on Saturday morning, where they passed out food and water and cleaned up debris.

After a meet-and-greet with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one mass mobilization, organized by NYC Service and New York Cares, departed from City Hall just before 11 a.m.

"A lot of people have been donating money and donating blood and donating goods," said Lauren Passalacqua, a spokeswoman for the mayor. "This is just another opportunity for folks to go back out to these areas."

Buses brought volunteers to Staten Island, Coney Island, and the Rockaways, where the projects started at 11:30 a.m.

In Staten Island and Brooklyn, food and water distribution and cleanup began at Miller Field, on New Dorp Lane, and the parking lot at Brighton 4th Street and Brighton Court.

In Queens, food and water handouts, clothing donations, and a kids' carnival were launched from the Beach 41st Street Community Center, 426 Beach 40th St., in Far Rockaway.

Mormon Helping Hands, another volunteer organization, will have volunteer efforts going from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at P.S. 114 in Rockaway Park.

- edits from DNA

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