Rockville Centre directs attention to those in need

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The Hispanic Brotherhood has been providing lunches and has opened its doors to victims of the hurricane.

“If anyone would like to drop off donations, we will take them as well,” said Executive Direcotr Margarita Grasing. “We haven’t seen too many people yet. I’m sure people are in shock right now. If they want to come in, sit down and keep warm, we have plenty of room for that.”

According to Mike Jordan of the Rockville Centre Lions Club, the local chapter has not yet begun fundraising for the hurricane victims, though the International Lions club has donated money and generators to the area.

“We’re waiting to see how it all settles and then we’ll possibly merge with the Long Beach chapter,” Jordan explained. We’ll see if we can start generating funds for the area.”

The village itself, under the supervision of Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Anthony Brunetta, has begun accepting donations of food and clothing on behalf of the hurricane victims and specifically the victims of the Breezy Point fire.

“They’re working right now at the Rec Center, helping to sort and distribute clothing and food,” Beth Hammerman, chairwoman of the Rockville Centre Youth Council, said of some of the council’s members. “The council isn’t doing anything separate at the moment, although I know a couple of them went down to Long Beach over the weekend to give out canned goods, and others went to the Vineyard Church and helped there.”

According to Elena O’Donnell, spokeswoman for St. Agnes Cathedral, Hurricane Sandy displaced children in five Catholic schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. Sister Kathy Carlin and Helen Newman, principals of St. Agnes Cathedral School, have been working closely with the Office of the Superintendent to reach out to various families from the St. Francis de Sales School in Belle Harbor. It is expected that twenty plus students will begin enrollment on Nov. 6 at St. Agnes Cathedral School. Uniform and school supply collections have begun through the help of the St. Agnes Mother’s Club.
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