Mary MuellerSep 4, 2017, 3:30 pm

Westchester businesses, local fire department accept donations for Texas flood victims

The community comes together to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief


The Tile Boutique Inc. in New Rochelle on Main Street is collecting canned foods and supplies like diapers, batteries, flashlights and more from 10 a.m. to 4 pm Monday.

Tile Boutique Inc. owner Valentino Loperglo says every little bit helps, and after seeing Harvey's destruction he felt compelled to help. "Such devastation and we just like to help," says Loperglo.

In Sleepy Hollow, the volunteer fire department is quick to answer a different kind of call. "We just look at the devastation down in Texas,” says Chief John Korzelius. “We take an oath to the U.S., so we have to do our part.”

Korzelius showed FiOS1 News the donations collected so far and is asking for more.

“Toiletries, pet food, we’re also looking for household cleaning products,” says Korzelius. “We’re looking for work boots, gloves for when people start cleaning out their homes filled with mold."

The cause is also personal, according to Korzelius.

One department member's brother lives in Houston and a former member lives outside the city. Their homes are OK, but they are down there helping with the recovery efforts. The department plans to ship the items to those men soon.

Drop-offs can be made through Sunday at the fire station on Beekman Avenue or items can be left with the police department next door.

Stew Leonard's in Yonkers is also accepting donations.

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