Irma, Harvey collection drive held by Long Island Boy Scouts – New York News

Even though Hurricanes Irma and Harvey struck more than a thousand miles away, Steven Kopezna felt the impact close to home in Bohemia.


Kopezna, 57, a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 438 in Bohemia, has family members in West Palm Beach, Fla., who were spared by Irma, but his friend, Gary Johnson, was in Houston when Harvey hit and lost three cars in the storm.

“His house was elevated, so at least he didn’t get water in the house like in the last storm, but . . . it’s pretty devastating,” Kopezna said.

Now he and volunteers from his scout troop are working to help storm victims by collecting supplies through a hurricane relief effort.

“We want to help other people out,” said Kopezna. “That’s what scouting is all about.”

On Saturday, the troop collected supplies such as bottled water, ready-to-eat food, cleaning supplies, pantry items, personal hygiene items, diapers and pet food at the American Legion Post 1146 on 826 Hubal Street in Bohemia. The donation drive will continue 10 a.m. Sunday and will extend through next week.

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