Several weeks have passed since last month’s tragic gas explosion on Second Avenue, but many of those affected are still without homes or belongings. If you want to help but aren’t sure how, Good Samaritans Bowery Boogie and DNAInfo have gathered together some ways that you can send your support. Whether you can part with a few dollars or some supplies, read on for their suggestions about how you can get your neighbors back on their feet.
If you’re short on time, you can contribute monetarily to a number of organizations. You can donate directly to the families of the disaster’s two victims, Moises Locon and Nicholas Figueroa, or support displaced tenants Tyesha Maddox, Mildred Guy, Dian McLean, Nora and Matt Brooks and McKenzie.
You can also volunteer your time with LES Ready, a nonprofit that provides local disaster relief. Or if you have extra goods, The Church of the Nativity at 44 2nd Avenue is accepting pillows and blankets for victims.
Businesses have also suffered. Pommes Frites is trying to reestablish their business and is asking for donations, as is Enz’s Rockabilly. The Red Cross and the Middlegate Church are also accepting monetary donations to help victims.
If you are a victim yourself, The Standard East Village is offering free nights to anyone who lost their home in the explosion. If you have pets, they can spend the night at Happy Dogs NYC for free. Trash & Vaudeville at 4 St. Marks Place will clothe you with a free pair of Tripp NYC jeans (bring proof of address) and Hair Queen salon at 137 Allen Street will offer free shampoos to victims. Miron Properties will help families find new apartments, and AptDeco will donate furniture to one family affected by the fire.
New Yorkers, let’s band together and help the East Village rebuild.