Helping Hands in West Islip is holding a clothing and Thanksgiving drive for local families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The collection will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at American Legion Post 1738. All donations should be dropped off by 9:30 a.m.
Many families in West Islip have lost their homes and belongings due to flooding during the powerful storm, and many more with tight budgets were forced to throw away refrigerators full of food after it spoiled when the power went out.
Jennifer Gallozzi, who runs Helping Hands, was personally contacted by several local families in need.
"I have put together a list of what our neighbors are asking for. Some is very specific, in that it is for families that contacted me in desperate need of clothes to replace all that was lost to the floods."
For a list of specific items and sizes that are needed, click here.
Gallozzi also said that fleeces, sweaters and sweatshirts in any size are in great demand due to the dropping temperatures. Cards and small treats such as candy or cookies are also encouraged, as a small gesture to brighten someone's day.
To help those suffering have a happy Thanksgiving, Gallozzi is collecting canned food donations and turkey vouchers or coupons (no actual turkeys), as well as supermarket gift cards.
Baked goods and centerpieces are also welcome.