New City Rallies To Help Others In Storm Aftermath

Police department holds blood drive and fire department collects donations


The Clarkstown Police and New City Fire departments are working to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.  All this week the volunteers of the New City Fire Department continue to collect relief supplies for the residents of Breezy Point.  On Friday, Nov. 16,the police department is holding a blood drive from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. in memory of Police Officer Terrance “Terry” McCrudden and to help supplement diminished blood supplies.

The Clarkstown Police Department along with the New York Blood Center will conduct the 12-hour-long blood drive at in the community room of police headquarters located at 20 Maple Ave in New City. Officer McCrudden served with the department for 17 years. He passed away on October 2 at the age of 48 after a battle with cancer.  Donor appointments can be made on-line at www.nybloodcenter.org or by calling (800) 933-2566.  

The New York Blood Center declared a blood emergency last week after blood drives were cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.  Type O and platelet donors are especially needed but all blood types are in short supply.

The New City Fire Department donation drive continues daily from tonight through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The requested items include:

  • Blankets.
  • Non-perishable food items, such as canned soups/vegetables, canned soups, boxed pasta, etc.
  • Cases of water.
  • Cases of sports drinks, such as Gatorade.
  • Coffee/Tea/hot chocolate mixes
  • Personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, contact lens solution, etc.
  • Baby wipes/diapers.
  • Cleaning materials.
  • Work gloves.
  • All sizes of batteries.
  • Flashlights
  • Extension cords
  • Generators
  • Sleeping bags
  • Towels
  • Pet food (pre-packaged)

The New City firehouse at 15 Maple Ave is directly opposite Clarkstown Town Hall and just up the street from police headquarters. Firefighters direct cars into the firehouse, where supplies are unloaded by volunteers and sorted, stacked, packaged and prepared for shipment.

For more information on the donation effort or donating other goods or services, contact Fire Chief Kenny Flynn by e-mail at kflynn@newcityfire.org

Rhea Vogel November 14, 2012 at 04:36 PM
The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy will be felt in Rockland for many months to come. The Rockland Community Foundation is responding to the needs of our residents by currently accepting applications for financial assistance to those most severely impacted. The Foundation is currently taking grant applications from county based non-profit organizations and individuals for the following funds: Community Crisis Relief Fund - Individuals and non-profit organizations Active Cares Fund - Non-profit organizations only Boulders Fund - Non-profit organizations only North Rockland Emergency Fund - Individuals and non-profit organizations Applications will be reviewed weekly, and grants made as funds are available, until further notice. Applications can be accessed via any of the following: • The Rockland Community Foundation website: www.rocklandgives.org • email: info@rocklandgives.org • phone: 845-947-286 • Rockland County Town and Village Halls (in person after November 8) If you have been fortunate to not been affected by this storm please consider making a donation to one or more of these funds. Donations can be made via: Check or Money Order made payable to the Rockland Community Foundation, P.O. Box 323, New City, NY 10956 or by Credit card or PayPal at http://www.rocklandgives.org. PLEASE GIVE LOCALLY! Contributions remain here in Rockland for those who need it most. Thank you.


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