Where’s the best local place to donate clothes? If one were to get a coat drive going, or so. By your sign-off, I assume you are familiar with a Cath church with an affiliated elementary school.
I would say the Salvation Army. I have repeatedly read that they are often the first on hand in many disasters and do the most. By the way there was an article on FR about the need for underwear. People always think about donating clothes, but never underwear.
The volunteers got overwhelmed by the volume of clothing that was first donated, but have now become more organized. I am told one VFW post has department store racks set up so people don’t have to rummage through black plastic bags.
There was a call for baby supplies and for clean up supplies. I am not sure of who needs what now.
Your idea of contacting the Parishes most heavily afffected is brilliant. On Staten Island, they are the Parishes closest to the beaches on the south shore, from South Beach to Great Kills. I am FreepMailing you the contact info of the Churches. They can advise what is most needed, and where to send it.
Thank you and peace be with you.