Angels of Long Island hosts baby formula drive

Those who have extra formula were asked to donate and those who need it can pick up a can for free.

May 11, 2022, 11:43 AM

Updated 714 days ago

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Angels of Long Island hosted a baby formula drive in Patchogue Wednesday.
"I've been looking online every day, I've been going to stores, probably been going to at least five stores a day and I've been calling people that live in Nassau, and even the city to look out," says Raquel Accardi, of Yaphank. "My sister's even going to New Jersey tomorrow to go pick up some."
The nonprofit posted on their Facebook Wednesday that they were aware of the baby formula shortage and said had some for moms to come and pick up, but the demand was overwhelming.
Just a few hours later, they posted again saying they were ​blown away by the number of people who reached out for help.
Owner Debbie Loesch says she got over 350 messages on social media and the phone was ringing off the hook.
She says the moms coming in are desperate for help.
“They’ve been driving everywhere to every store. They only have half a can left,” Loesch said. “Yesterday we saw a lot of beautiful babies come in and we just want to make sure that they eat.”
Those who have extra formula were asked to donate and those who need it can pick up a can for free.
"It fell on me like a blessing honestly, so it's very helpful," says Jacqueline Quito. "Anything helps and I feel for the other moms too."
Loesch says she knows the problem isn't going away anytime soon so as long as she has it, she will be giving the formula away to any child who needs it.


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