Raia Urges Community To Support Local Mission

August 4, 2011

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C – East Northport) today encouraged local members of the Long Island community to support Helping Hand Rescue Mission of Huntington Station. Helping Hand Rescue Mission is a charity that has been helping the needy since 1965.

The mission has a special need right now: On August 20, Helping Hand will be holding its annual Back to School Program serving local youth from kindergarten through high school. Due to the current economic downturn, donations are flagging and Helping Hand is asking for any help area residents can provide.

Suggested donations include:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Binders
  • Safety scissors
  • Pens and pencils
  • Glue sticks

“In this difficult economic time, it is my hope that the community can pull together to help those in need,” said Raia. “Please act before August 20 in order to make the new school year a special one for many Long Island students.”

Helping Hand also is accepting personal items for donation, such as shampoo, combs, soap, brushes, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

There will be a collection box in Copenhagen Bakery, located at 75 Woodbine Avenue in Northport. You also can bring donations directly to Helping Hand Rescue Mission, located at 225 Broadway, Huntington Station.