Long Islanders impacted by storm offered hot meals, showers

Suffolk County and the American Red Cross teamed up to offer some much-needed help to Long Islanders who have been without power since the weekend.

MIDDLE ISLAND - Suffolk County and the American Red Cross teamed up to offer some much-needed help to Long Islanders who have been without power since the weekend. A respite center was set up at Cathedral Pines Park in Middle Island today, offering residents hot meals, snacks and hot showers. "We came prepared to serve up to 250 meals," says Craig Cooper, of the American Red Cross. "We also have a truck full of cleanup equipment and other things that people might need."Besides the necessities, volunteers were also giving out stuffed animals to kids."I think this is great, it really helps a lot," says Ginny Foerschner, of Bohemia.The Suffolk County Sheriff's Department also distributed free ice and water at its Yaphank and Riverhead locations today, and a charging station has been set up at Huntington Town Hall, allowing people to charge their phones and other devices. Another respite station was set up today at the Deer Park fire district training center on Nichols Road.

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