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· FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ·

Donations for Hempstead Fire Victims Needed

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) – Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams would like to notify residents of an opportunity to donate much-needed items to victims of a recent, fatal Hempstead fire.

Earlier this month, a fire raged through a Hempstead building complex killing two, injuring several and leaving over 400 residents homeless (see: Newsday Feb. 9, Feb. 10). Some of those affected are staying with relatives, but most are currently at Kennedy Park sleeping in cots set up by the American Red Cross.

Through the generosity of local leaders and restaurant owners, they are being fed. Personnel from the local school district have made arrangements for the children to be transported to their schools. Arrangements are being made through the Nassau County Department of Social Services for assistance in relocating those left homeless.

The Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association has been designated as the drop-off site for needed clothing and other essential items. The following items are in the greatest demand: Warm clothing, coats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, etc.; financial contributions. Funds are needed to ensure those affected can purchase other personal items (undergarments, toiletries, etc).

One-hundred percent of all contributions will go to the people left homeless. Checks can be made out to: Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association, Inc., 236 Main Street, Hempstead, NY 11550 (please put 17 St. Paul on the Memo side of check). Donations in the form of clothing, food and other items may also be brought to this location.

For more information about donating, please call the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association at (516) 292-0007.