'Angels of Long Island' looks to help Long Islanders in needPosted: Updated:
An organization that helps supply thousands of Long Islanders with clothing and household items is asking for help moving into a larger space.
Angels of Long Island was started by Debbie Loesch and her daughter, Brittany, to collect donations for things people in their community needed.
"It started out with one little girl, a friend of my mother's," Brittany says. "The little girl came to New York for vacation from Florida and the mother never came back for her over the summer break."
Brittany says it was gathering the clothes for that little girl which led to the organization's Facebook group of 51,000 members.
"I just look at the needs and what's posted and I collect it," says Dina Zemach, of East Patchogue. "I have a large group of friends who are always saying what do you need, what do you need? They get it to me and I get it over here."
"Here" is the Loesch's home in Bellport. The family's ranch, a trailer and sheds are bursting at the seams with donations. Loesch and her daughter are looking to move into a space a few miles away in Patchogue.
"Right now we are in the process of fundraising," Debbie Loesch says. "We got a GoFundMe set up and within a couple of days, we were able to get $5,000 but we need about $15,000 to get into the building."
The nonprofit also wants to start certain programs like a food pantry and want to use the front of the building for a boutique and thrift shop.