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Congresswoman Clarke Announces Caribbean Hurricane Relief Week

Gov. Spitzer has authorized the use of the State Armory, located at 1579 Bedford Avenue (between President and Union Streets), as the primary collection center in Brooklyn.  The Armory is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm.  There are no weekend hours. 
The contact person at the State Armory is Col. Jacqueline Russell.  She can be reached at 718-467-7998.  An alternate contact is Sgt. Grace Clarke.  Donated items (see list below) will be stored in the Main Drill Floor Military Room.

The Working Group was established to address the needs of the people residing in the Caribbean region whom are in desperate need of our assistance. It consists of New York City elected officials, members of the CARICOM Consular and Diplomatic Corps., and community leaders. Membership in the Working Group is anticipated to expand to include the religious community, community-based organizations, and civic organizations.

Monetary contributions should be address to the:
The Jamaican Hurricane Dean Relief Fund 2007
c/o The Jamaican Consulate
767 Third Avenue, 2nd/3rd Floors
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212-935-9000

Dominican Republic:

St. Lucia:
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are working to gather an assessment as to the damage that has taken place in each country and identify what type of relief is needed.   The UN-OCHA will have available a report of the damages on their website.  Individuals interested in making donations to the UN can do so through their website, or

Individuals are encouraged to contact the Consulates of the respective countries for more information on donations directly to their country of interest.

Individuals seeking to donate items, may bring donations from the list below to the State Armory, located at 1579 Bedford Avenue (bet. President & Union Streets) Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. to the Main Drill Floor Military Room.
The following items are seen as first priority and are needed immediately:
•         Childrens items (diapers, clothing, shoes,)
•         Baby formula
•         Adult diapers and underwear for seniors
•         Aspirin, Tylenol, Motrin, Children’s Tylenol, Advil, Alive, Excedrin, etc.
•         First Aid Kits w/gauze, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, anti-bacterial cream, etc…
•         Generators 1500 watts & up
•         Non-perishable food items
•         Matches (waterproof), lighters
•         Transistor radios
•         Flashlights and batteries
•         Tents – all size and any kind
•         Insect repellent
•         hygiene items and toiletries
•         Bottled water
•         Water filter/purifier
•         Plastic trash bags (heavy duty)
•         Water storage containers (five gallon collapsible)
•         Canned goods and ready to eat without cooking meals
•         Tarpaulins (Tarps) all sizes
•         Soap, bleach (unscented), toothpaste, disinfectant, deodorant, feminine hygiene products
•         Shovels, work gloves, saw
•         Nylon Cord
•         Detergent (for washing clothes)
•         Duck tape
•         Nails, hammer & other building supplies
•         Buckets (for water transportation & toilets)
•         International phone cards