As of May 28, 2020

Many of our local organizations and individuals have stepped up during this crisis and have donated to those in need. Most of this information was gathered through Facebook posts, which can often be hard to find again once you have left them. This is our way of trying to keep them all in one place for you. They are listed and now numbered in the order they were entered.

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    1. The Franklin Square Civic Association (FSCA) purchased food for the overnight shift at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Northwell Health Hospital on Franklin Avenue. They personally delivered 133 mixed bagels with spreads generously discounted by their business member A&S Bagels and they also included 6 ½ pounds of local bakery cookies from business member LuLu’s Bakery as well. The board and their members wanted to express in some small way our gratitude for the hard work, dedication, and bravery demonstrated by the hospital workers of our community.

    2. The FSCA has also made a donation to our member Rescuing Families, Inc. so they could purchase more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Long Island hospitals and first responders.

    3. The week of March 23rd, as many of you saw on news outlets and on social media, the Franklin Square community lost a beloved member of our community, and very well respected member of our school board, Joseph Lewinger, to complications due to COVID-19. In his honor, the FSCA board, as well as many individual FSCA members, donated to the Lewinger Family in support of Joseph.

    4. Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department (FSMFD): On April 5ththeir members along with members of The Malverne Fire Department stopped by Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital to deliver some food to the Nurses and Doctors who are working day in and out on the front lines with us to battle this pandemic.

    5. Rescuing Families, Inc. was featured on Good Morning America on April 1stshowing how they were collecting and donating PPE items to Long Island Health Care Facilities in need of them. They are appealing to the public to donate $3.80 for 1 KN95 mask to help our healthcare professionals, first responders and people that need them! This donation will allow them to be able to purchase the much-needed PPE supplies! You can send the money directly through their Venmo: @Rescuing-Families through our website:rescuingfamilies.org, PayPal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visiting their website, OR by mailing a check to: Rescuing Families, PO Box 146, Franklin Square, NY 11010

    6. BSA Venturing Crew: The youth members took a collection and ordered food and some groceries from local businesses and delivered them to some of our Homebound Veterans! These youths are always thinking of others and are setting an example of what it is to be good members of our community. It's times like these that make me realize how much our program teaches our youth. If anyone would like to make a donation to help please go to their website at Crew2718.com and hit the donate button on the screen. You can make a donation by credit card or PayPal.

    7. Di Rosa Haircare joined “Hair For Heroes” giving away 3 makeovers for Healthcare Workers.  Go to his or her Facebook page to nominate someone special. They are proud to be a part of this amazing effort to help our Covid 19 frontline workers!

    8. NYCOM Cellular Corporation employees raised nearly $3,800 to donate pizza to local hospital workers between March 23 and March 27. They then used that money to buy Long Island Jewish New Hyde Park employees pizza pies from King Umberto on March 31. 

    9. Central Nassau County Rotary Foundation (CNCRF) On Thursday, April 9ththe CNCRF donated $1,900 to our Franklin Square Rescuing Families Restoring Hope, Inc. to provide much needed PPE’s for the first responders and healthcare professionals in the hospitals, group homes and families with developmentally disabled children and adults.

    10. CNCRF - At the end of March the CNCRF also donated $1,500 for food for our health care workers through a joint effort of United Way of L.I., and Ben's Restaurant and $1,500 to the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) to care for the homeless and hungry on L.I. 

    11. Local Residents Making Masks: Franklin Square residents Catherine Devlin and Crystal Jovicic making masks. When they found out that nurses were running low on protective personal equipment last month, they decided they would help out and make masks for the frontline workers. They started by making 60 masks for the staff at NYU Langone Winthrop Hospital in Mineola. {See link to LI Herald Article}

    12. Franklin Square Pharmacy Donates Masks: The Franklin Square Pharmacy generously donated masks to help protect our first responders while serving our community. As chairman of the board of the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District (FSMFD) along with my fellow board members I would like to thank them for their compassionate and generous donation. Our Chiefs, officers and members are constantly responding to alarms and we would like to acknowledge their professional and non-wavering service to our community. Thank you Franklin Square Pharmacy once again for helping us during these trying and demanding times...Stay safe and healthy all - Les Salzman – Fire Commissioner FSMFD 

    13. The Sons & Daughters of Italy - America Lodge #2245 of Franklin Square, Elmont & West Hempstead donated $100.00 to the St. Catherine food pantry to help feed people in this time of crisis - Andrew Monteleone President of the Son's & Daughters of Italy American Lodge #2245.

    14. Fun Time Pottery – Raising money for Rescuing Families COVID-19 relief effort. They are selling high quality beautifully hand painted T-shirts! For every t-shirt sold they will donate $10 to Rescuing Families COVID19 relief effort!!! Please consider purchasing one from their website. Also see Rescuing Families (Item list #5)

    15. Girl Scout Troop 1498 & T&F Pork Store & First Class Orthodontics – Delivered a few special treats at the  Franklin Square & Munson Firehouse. We would like to thank Girl Scout Troop 1498 for bringing us some cookies, T&F Pork Store for the 6 ft hero and sides and to First Class Orthodontics for the goodie bag. We appreciate it!!! – Joseph Gerrato

    16. BSA Crew 2718's Fundraiser: "Operation Thank A Veteran", was featured on News 12's Hometown Hero" segment on Friday April 24. I am so proud to be a part of this group. All the leaders of BSA Crew 2718 are so proud of the youth members in our group. They have been collecting money and helping homebound Veterans  with food and groceries throughout this crisis. They have also fed first responders and this week are feeding technicians who have been working around the clock fixing medical equipment such as ventilators. They are already planning on how to keep this going for Veterans who need help in the future. It's very humbling to be part of this group! If you would like to donate, please go to CREW2718.COM and hit the donate button. – Charlie Grippaldi

    17. Helping A Local WWII Veteran: More than 80 Franklin Square residents have volunteered to help a local World War II veteran who is struggling to feed himself and his 65-year-old mentally disabled daughter during the corona virus pandemic. “The community really stepped up for this,” said Gina Centauro of Rescuing Families, Inc., who organized the “food train” for Rosario Trovato on May 4. Venturing Crew 2718 volunteers with the local veterans, as the VFW Post 2718 sponsors them, and created their own “Operation Thank a Veteran” initiative in March, in which they raise money to buy food for local vets. “My youth members and adult leaders have a deep connection with our veterans,” Crew Leader Charlie Grippaldi said, “and feel it’s important to help the men and women who fought for the freedoms we enjoy in this country.”{See link to LIHerald Article}

    18. Honoring Our Nurses: Ed Rastarted a Facebook Groupall about thanking some of the most selfless, dedicated people in our communities- nurses. Please consider posting a message thanking a nurse in your life! Share photos, videos and other messages of support and appreciation. Happy National Nurses Week! {Link to Facebook Group}

    19. NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky: Our Franklin Square & Munson Fire Department (FSMFD) thanks our senator for donating 100 surgical masks to the FSMFD – Carl Gerrato

    20. Philly Pretzel Factory: Another pretzel run to the hospital on the morning of Friday May 8. Thank you to all the nurses for everything you do. This is your day! #nationalnursesday

    21. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Quilterswith additional parishioners from Franklin Square, West Hempstead, and Garden City South have been supplying masks and/or caps to Winthrop, Mercy, Sloan Kettering, group homes, the Plattduetsche Retirement home, nursing homes, and anyone else who expressed a need. Christine Blake-Jeremias- Parishioner and Mask Maker

    22. NYCOM:The final donation was made to some important essential workers. Maurizio Fabriziand Mike Sperdutodecided that the last donation would go to this group of workers. The 180 employees of the District 6 SanitaryDepartment were greeted with bagels from A&S Bagels and My Three Sons Bagels. Everyone who donated, thank you and stay safe.

    23. Mama Soup: Over 500 meals delivered to Frontline Workers in ONE day, by Mama Soup’s SOUPER Relief Team!! News Channel 12 & other news media outlets, covered our donation of meals to NYU Winthrop Hospital& North Shore Hospital! 100% of funds raised are going directly to deliver food to the Frontline Workers who need it most! Feeding over 1,500 Frontline workers to date! Mama Soup’s SOUPER Relief Team will be out there this week & ongoing, to continue spreading cheer & gratitude & HOPE. #spreadtheMamaSoupLove Please donate & help us, help them! Let’s continue to Pay It Forward, together! https://www.gofundme.com/souperreliefteam A HUGE Thank You to all of our donors, without whom this wouldn’t be possible! THANK YOU Skaggs-Walsh who continues to support our efforts!  THANK YOU Mike Mollish from Precision Sounds Entertainment & Production for bringing LIGHT & HOPE to all of us, by pulling together a heartfelt fundraiser event in Franklin Square & partnering with Mama Soup to raise funds & give back! #mamasoup #SouperReliefTeam #spreadtheMamaSoupLove #souptothecore – Megan Kleven

    24. Philly Prerzel Facotory: On May 9 another hospital drop off to Cohen’s Children Medical Center. Thank you to all nurses and doctors on the front line.

    25. Central Nassau County Rotary Foundation (CNCRF) Donated $10,000 to the Covid 19 Relief Fund. Look for the article in Newsday coming soon. - Rony Kessler, President CNCRF