State Drive to Benefit Flood-Damaged Communties Upstate

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking New Yorkers to help out upstate communities devastated by flooding earlier this year by donating items to a holiday drive.

The governor is asking for unwrapped toys for kids, and financial and food donations to charities that work locally, like the United Way and the Food Bank Association of New York State.

The Catskills were among the hardest-hit areas following tropical storms Irene and Lee this fall. Flooding destroyed hundreds of homes, businesses and farms. The storms also downed trees and power lines, blocking roads and making cleanup especially difficult.

The governor's office said those who want to help can send items to state general services offices, or check out a list of food pantries on the Food Bank's website. Items can be sent to those pantries, or dropped of in person. Some may also be looking for volunteers.

The governor said he'll deliver some of the donated goods to the region next week.

To read more about where to send items or financial donations, visit the governor's website.