June 10, 2011
What started as an idea to help unfortunate tornado victims in Missouri turned into a community-wide effort in Levittown and Island Trees. The disturbing photos and video footage of the aftermath of deadly tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., prompted Levittown and Island Trees community members from across many groups, schools and organizations to band together and collect supplies for the people in need.
Hempstead Town joined the effort this week by opening its doors at its Point Lookout facility to act as a storage center for the supplies that were collected in Levittown and Island Trees. Most of the supplies, which include clothes, linens, bedding and non-perishable food items, were collected during the Levittown Memorial Day parade. Donations were also collected at Division Avenue High School and MacArthur High School throughout the week.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes joined volunteers at Division Avenue High School in Levittown on Friday, June 10, as they loaded a truck with donations to be delivered to the Point Lookout facility.
"We are more than happy to donate space for this charitable effort that truly reflected the caring spirit of the entire Levittown and Island Trees communities," Murray said.
"We commend the volunteers and the generous residents who participated in such a worthy and helpful endeavor," added Hudes.
For more information about the Levittown/Island Trees community collection for the tornado victims from Missouri, call Gina Interdonato at (516) 579-2921.