Roosevelt Island Disabled Association, RIRA & CBN Rally To Help

We need you: Donate food, clothing, toys, etc., this week to help our needy

Updated 30 weeks ago David Stone
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Friday night, December 21st, the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association joins forces with RIRA and the Carter Burden Network for a food and clothing give away to help Roosevelt Island's needy at Christmas. "We're looking for cans, jars and any packaged foods as well as new and slightly used clothing," organizer Wendy Hersh tells The Daily.

Roosevelt Island's Pay It Forward program suffered a setback at Thanksgiving when their food supplier suddenly closed up shop. Organizers scrambled to collect donations to feed the hungry, but even after the café at Cornell Tech came up with a generous, last minute donation, they fell short or what they were able to do in previous years.

Now, during the holiday season, volunteers from the Disabled Association, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association and the Carter Burden Network are scrambling again, this time for food and clothing.

Donations from businesses are especially needed. If you manage a business, please help. If you don't, ask those you frequent to pitch in.

Your generosity is deeply appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.

Donations can be dropped off all day on Wednesday and Friday and after 1:00 on Thursday at the CBN/RI Senior Center. If you need a pick up, contact Wendy Hersh ( to make arrangements.

The group plans to stage the giveaway on Friday evening between 6:00 and 9:00.

Additional details will follow.

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