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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
GF Hurricane Relief: District 21st Queens
I wrote to Councilman Dromm in Queens asking him where to donate gluten-free food. In 2011, Mr. Dromm introduced two pieces of legislation concerning gluten: Int. No. 502 and Res. No. 689. The passage of these bills in New York City would hopefully increase understanding nationwide about celiac disease and the importance of proper labeling. Council Member Dromm has a very personal connection to Celiac Disease, his mother has it and so does one of his former interns.

A few hours after I wrote to Mr. Dromm, I received an email from a friend that also works for a city council member. She said she was excited to see an email about gluten-free donations pass through her inbox and happy to see it was from me! I believe things happen for a reason and because of this email, I am now happy to report this:

Dear Neighbor:

In these challenging times as we recover from Hurricane Sandy, we must join together to provide relief to the victims of this devastating storm. New Yorkers have been incredibly generous with their donations and time, but the needs are ongoing.

My district office will serve as a collection site for donations going to survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Please bring your donations by 5pm this Friday November 9th.

Please bring donations to:
32-33A Junction Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369

We are accepting donations from 9am-5pm

Your generosity is greatly appreciated, but please focus your donations on the items that people most need. Please look at the list below and give as you are able. 

Most sites are NOT accepting clothes right now. PLEASE DO NOT BRING CLOTHES. 

MOST ESSENTIAL ITEMS - Work gloves, batteries, flashlights, face masks, thick black contractor bags, warm blankets, toiletries, feminine hygiene products.

MOST ESSENTIAL MEDICINE ITEMS - Baby cough medicine, BAND-AIDS, Neosporin, Ace bandages, Advil, Tylenol. Please bring unopened containers.

CLEANING SUPPLIES - Mops, brooms, shovels, bleach, Clorox, buckets.

MOST ESSENTIAL FOOD ITEMS - bottled water, orange Juice, apple juice, granola bars, powdered milk, jelly, bread, and pet food. There is also a vital need for GLUTEN FREE FOOD. 

MOST ESSENTIAL BABY ITEMS - jars of baby food, formula, bottles, diapers and especially WIPES. Many parents do not have baby wipes for their children.

GENERAL DONATION TIPS - Please do not use this as a time to get rid of your unwanted items from your apartments and homes. Please organize your donations and clearly mark them so that they can distributed easily and quickly. Plastic grocery bags and carts for people to carry away their supplies would also be useful.

 If you are interested in volunteering with relief efforts, please call my office at 718-651-1917.

Julissa Ferreras
New York City Council Member
(718) 651-1917

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