September 28, by Nathaly Pesantez
Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) and the Queens Post are working together to collect supplies to send to Puerto Rico following the devastation Hurricane Maria inflicted on the entire island.
SCS will collect donations from Oct 2. through Oct. 6 at 43-31 39th Street from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The local organization will only accept critically-needed supplies, which include diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies, and feminine hygiene products.
All donated items should be non-perishable, unused, and sealed in their original containers, the local community organization said.
“It is going to be a long and difficult journey back to ‘normal’ for our friends, family and neighbors in Puerto Rico,” said Judy Zangwill, SCS executive director. “We who are comfortable right now should do what we can to help those without basic necessities, to recover.”
The Sunnyside community began to rally and organize fundraisers and benefit events last week, just days after the catastrophic Hurricane Maria made direct landfall on Puerto Rico, affecting all 3.4 million U.S. citizens on the island.
Maggie Mae’s Bar held a Hurricane Maria Benefit last week, and a bake sale organized by two Sunnysiders for hurricane relief will take place under the 7 train at 46th Street from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 30. All proceeds for this event will be donated to United for Puerto Rico.