Community relief center open in Woodmere

Donations being accepted through Dec. 17


More than 20 high school students volunteered to sort large amounts of donated clothing, cleaning supplies, baby goods and toys at the Hewlett-Woodmere collection and distribution center located in storefronts at 8 and 10 Irving Place in Woodmere on Nov. 20.

This week the center was open daily for community members affected by Hurricane Sandy to come to and pick up what they need. La Toys Etc. in Cedarhurst delivered a truckload of toys.

Dr. Sherry Bass, along with family members Patti Siegel, Carol Gursky and William Bass donated the use of the two storefronts with the help of Pugatch Realty. Hewlett-Woodmere teachers David Rifkind and Rose Panarelli, both co-advisors to the Youth Leadership Council for Five Towns Community Chest, helped coordinate the student volunteers.

The clothing distribution center has men’s, women's and children's clothes, jackets, toys, bedding and blankets, baby wipes and diapers, hats, gloves and scarves, and shoes. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 17.

Distribution center hours of operation:

Monday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Tuesday: Noon to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Thursday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Friday: Noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 7 p.m.

In addition, Chabad of Hewlet at 31 Franklin Ave. needs volunteers to help with hot food for the elderly and general assistance. Contact Rivkie Tenenboim at (516) 295-3433.