Santino & Hempstead Town Team with “Mavericks” to Deliver Donated Supplies to Hurricane Victims

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In response to catastrophic hurricanes that have rocked residents in the southern United States and the Caribbean, Hempstead Town officials have sprung into action, collecting relief supplies. Today, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino was joined by a group of “Mavericks” to load up trucks full of collected items bound for Florida. Also attending the event were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, as well as a group known as the United Mavericks.

The United Mavericks, a group of local businesspeople, have arranged for the trucks to deliver the relief supplies to storm-ravaged communities in Florida that were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

“Town of Hempstead residents truly stepped up to the plate for their fellow Americans impacted by these devastating hurricanes,” Santino said. “Thanks to the generosity of the United Mavericks, we can now ensure that these supplies go to victims in need to assist them as they work to rebuild their homes and their lives.”

The United Mavericks comprise a group of local businesspeople who spearhead a variety of charitable efforts to assist individuals in need. Members consider the group a “secret,” preferring to remain behind the scenes. But for today anyway, the group’s “secret” is out, and Hempstead Town thanked the United Mavericks, founded by businessman Nick Valastro and supported by several well-known members, including 9/11 responder Bob Gayer, attorney Rick Collins and NHL great Bobby Nystrom.

“So many have been impacted by these recent hurricanes, and it’s great to see all of the generous neighbors who kindly donated much needed supplies,” Goosby said. “Thank you to the United Mavericks for helping us deliver these vital supplies to the disaster victims who truly need it.”

“As Long Islanders, we know all too well from our experience with Superstorm Sandy that there are essential supplies that are needed by these hurricane victims,” D’Esposito said. “We’re thrilled that these supplies are going directly to victims thanks to the generosity of neighbors and the United Mavericks.”

“Our township has once again demonstrated its kindness toward others in need,” Dunne said. “I’m proud to be here as we see that charitable spirit used to help fellow Americans.”

While hurricanes have recently devastated communities in Texas and Florida, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has been slammed by back-to-back hurricanes, Irma and Maria. Without power on most of the island and limited supplies and necessities, Santino has transitioned the town’s relief collections to focus on the residents of Puerto Rico. In fact, the town has established hurricane relief collection boxes at the following sites, up until October 10th :

            Collection boxes will be stationed at the following locations:

·         Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington Street, Hempstead)

·         Hempstead Tax Office (200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead)

·         Echo Park (399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead)

·         Newbridge Arena (2600 South Newbridge Road, Bellmore)

·         Levittown Hall (201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville)

·         Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse (2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick)

·         Oceanside Park (3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside)

·         Hewlett Point Park (130 Hewlett Point Avenue, Bay Park)

If you wish to donate money, please donate through the American Red Cross or a trusted organization. Accepted items that can be donated are the following:

·         Extension Cords

·         Shovels

·         Crowbars/Hammers

·         Tarps and Rope

·         Work Gloves/Safety Glasses

·         Bottled Water

·         Laundry Detergent/Dish Soap

·         Hand Sanitizer

·         Diapers/Baby Wipes

·         First Aid Kits

·         Baby Formula

·         Garbage Bags

·         Towels/Blankets

·         Pillows

·         Mosquito Repellent

“Hempstead Town residents have pitched in to help the victims of Florida and Texas, and now they are helping our island neighbors in Puerto Rico,” Santino said. “Thank you to all of those who have helped assist our donation drives for disaster victims.”