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Astoria Group Raises Funds to Buy Heaters for Public Housing Residents

Astoria Houses (Queens Post)

Jan. 14, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Organizers in Astoria are raising funds to keep their neighbors in public housing warm this winter.

The Astoria Mutual Aid Network is raising money with the community-based organization Transform America to purchase space heaters for Astoria residents who live in public housing.

The organizations have created a GoFundMe to raise money for at least 100 heaters, which they will distribute to residents of public housing who have been living without gas and heat. Each heater costs about $30.

The GoFundMe has already raised more than $3,000.

The Astoria Mutual Aid Network is also collecting warm weather clothing to distribute to residents of the Queensbridge Houses on Jan. 22.

The organization is asking for new and gently-used hats, gloves, socks and scarves. Donors can drop off the items at Rivercrest, located at 33-15 Ditmars Blvd., or LIC Kleaners, located at 30-53 Steinway St., up until Jan. 18.

The two initiatives are part of the national MLK Day of Service next week.

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