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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Trucking in some relief from Florida
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Courtesy Maria Cavallo Benkirane
Five Towns native Maria Cavallo Benkirane coordinated a Hurricane Sandy relief effort that will have a variety of supplies in Cedarhurst on Sunday.
Alf and her children, ninth-grader Caterina, seventh-grader Crister and fifth-grader Chapin, were also part of the volunteer brigade that packed the truck. “We did our best to get it filled,” said Alf, who added that last school year the Builder’s Club conducted a fundraiser to help build a school in Uganda and previous charitable work included chartering a plane and getting medical supplies to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.
“It’s a great thing for the kids; teaching the kids about giving back to the community,” she said. “It’s nice to see the next generation extending themselves when people need help.”
As the truck is en route and the exact time of arrival on Sunday is uncertain, McHugh said that groups or individuals needing supplies can call the LCFD at (516) 569-0042 beginning on Saturday night to find out when the truck will arrive.

Items that were collected:

Construction/Cleaning Supplies: work gloves, heavy duty waterproof gloves, work goggles, N-95 respirator masks, brooms, mops, rakes, shovels, sponges, heavy duty garbage bags, spray bottles, bleach, duct tape, masking tape, markers, pens, masks, towels/rags, tarps, generators & gasoline pumps, tools, clean up/work suits, contractor cleanup bag/heavy duty garbage, carpet removing tools, tacks, hammers, extension cords.

Light Sources: flashlights, candles, lanterns, batteries, matches
Outerwear: Warm blankets, hand/foot warmers, heavy winter coats, boots, thick socks, hats, sweatshirts, scarves, gloves

Food/Water: bottled water, non-perishable food items, and quick
snacks(granola bars, snack packs, etc).

Baby/Kid Items: baby food, diapers, wipes, formula, creams/powder,
clothing, blankets, toys, coloring books, crayons
Sanitary Items: toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizers, wipes,
toiletries, – deodorants, shampoos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, first aid kits.

Pets: dog, cat, bird, hamster food. Also old towels, bowls, leashes
and collars.

Office/School Supplies: printer paper, surge protectors, markers,
labels, pens, pencils, notebooks, backpacks, etc.

Clothing: gently used clothing for all ages infants thru adults.

Misc: shopping carts aka “granny carts” for people to take home
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