Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched a statewide holiday giving drive to help families in communities affected by tropical storms Irene and Lee.
Cuomo's "NYGives" campaign aims to encourage charitable giving and generosity throughout the holiday season. Last week, the governor appealed to businesses and individuals to donate toys and other supplies, which will be distributed to communities like those in the towns of Keene and Jay.
"This giving drive will bring some holiday cheer and household supplies to families and children in areas devastated by the late summer storms," Cuomo said in a statement on his website. "This is what New Yorkers have always done best: Stand together and look out for our neighbors. I invite all New Yorkers to support those in need this holiday season."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
(Enterprise file photo)
The Toy Industry Association has pledged to donate 250 toys to the cause. Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy plan to visit flood-damaged communities this week to deliver toys and other donated items.
Cuomo also encouraged New Yorkers to give to the United Way of New York State or other charitable organizations, or to volunteer at a local food pantry.
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York accepts donation at its website, www.rfbneny.com. Tri-Lakes area residents can also donate non-perishable food items to Family Champions in Tupper Lake, the Community Lunchbox in Saranac Lake, the Interfaith Food Pantry in Saranac Lake and the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Lake Placid.