Updated, 11:45 a.m. One day after the inferno that blazed on Main Street, a representative from Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio's office says cash or check donations can be sent to Our Lady of Fatima Parish Outreach at 10 Cottonwood Rd, Port Washington. They should be labeled "Fire." New underwear and socks can be dropped off at Our Lady of Fatima Center on Manorhaven Blvd.
Updated, 1:50 p.m.: Sufficient clothing has been donated, but there is a need for men's boots and sneakers, men's socks and underwear-new (m and l) and toiletries for men and women ( hygiene products, shaving, etc.) and luggage or backpacks and good bags.
De Giorgio, standing at the Red Cross shelter established at the Port Washington Senior Center in Manorhaven, said the footwear is important and there is a continued need for toiletries.
The current plan is that Our Lady of Fatima can accept donations Friday from 12-6 p.m., and Satuday from 10 a.m.-4pm.
There are about 42 adults and seven children who were displaced from the fire, according to Manuel Aguilar, who had lived in the building. Among those children, Patch has learned, that there are boys are ages 4 and 6, and girls, ages, 2, 4, and 8. Patch will update this information as it is received.
The Red Cross and the Town of North Hempstead “is working together to keep the shelter open as long as it’s needed,” she said.
De Giorgio put out a special thanks to the Port Washington Fire Department, and all of the fire departments, especially in North Hempstead, that helped extinguish the blaze. She also praised Father Charley Vogley for opening the doors of the Lutheran Church right away to help the displaced.
Check back with Patch for news on where to drop off donations as soon as it’s announced.