How to Help Victims of the Harlem Explosion

By Aidan Gardiner on March 14, 2014 12:28pm 

 Harlem organizations were accepting donations for those affected by the explosion on Park Avenue.
Harlem organizations were accepting donations for those affected by the explosion on Park Avenue.
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MANHATTAN — In the wake of the massive gas explosion that left 8 people dead and dozens of people injured and displaced, New Yorkers rushed to pitch in.

Here's how you can help:

DONATE

A fundraising website was set up for the widow of the Greek musician, Andreas Panagopoulos, who was killed in the blast. The Giveforward page had raised more than $9,000 by Friday morning. Click here to donate.

Hunter College was also raising money for a public safety officer and mom, Griselde Comacho, who was killed in the blast. Click here to donate.

The New York Common Food Pantry was accepting prepared food, according to the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. Pantry crews were delivering food to city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's offices for distribution, according to the Pantry's Facebook. Those in need can also call them at (917) 720-9700.

The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, at 2 E. 90th St., was also accepting food to deliver to the New York Common Food Pantry. They asked for fruit, vegetables and rice in dishes that donators don't need returned.

Heavenly Rest and the Metro Hope Church were both accepting gift cards, which Heavenly Rest staff planned to distribute at the Salvation Army's relief center at 175 E. 125th St., they said. Contributors should email Heaveny Rest at racary@heavenlyrest.org.

Metro Hope was accepting cash donations at this page.

La Casa Azule Bookstore, at 143 E. 103rd St., was accepting donations of food, clothing, toiletries and other supplies, which staff planned to deliver to Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez's office Sunday

VOLUNTEER

Those who want to volunteer can register with the city's service initiative, NYC Service. Fill out the form here.

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