WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Help those still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by donating critically needed supplies to the Department of Public Safety and the Westchester County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), which will take them to the hardest hit areas in southern Queens and Staten Island Saturday.
County officers, who worked with the NYPD and others to identify where supplies are badly needed, will help renovate homes damaged by the storm after they deliver the collected supplies on Saturday, Sgt. Michael Hagan, PBA president, said.
“I commend the men and women of the PBA for opening their hearts to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and launching this collection drive,” George N. Longworth, Westchester County public safety commissioner, said in a statement. “The department is proud to support the PBA in this effort.”
“Operation Code Blue” is focused on providing the practical supplies that families need for the cleanup and recovery effort at their homes.
Items being requested for donation include mops, brooms, buckets, garbage bags, work gloves, extension cords, storage bins and containers, paper towels, sponges, toiletries, soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, water, juice boxes, children’s toys, pillows, blankets, flashlights, batteries, diapers, children’s cold medicine, disposable plates and utensils.
Baked goods will be accepted on Saturday at the Police Academy between 9 and 1 a.m. The trucks will leave at noon. Some cold weather clothing items may also be accepted as part of the relief effort.
There are four drop-off locations for goods:
- Westchester County Police Academy, 2 Dana Road, Valhalla.
- Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains.
- Westchester County Police North Command, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor.
- Westchester County Police Airport Precinct, Building 1, Airport Road.
“I would like to thank our county police officers for their outstanding dedication and commitment to the people of Westchester during Hurricane Sandy. I applaud them for reaching out to help those beyond our borders whose homes and lives were devastated by the storm,” County Executive Robert P. Astorino said.