SALEM - Area residents wanting to help victims of Superstorm Sandy can take advantage of a drop-off point at Salem AMVETS Post 45 from now until Friday for donated clothing, shoes, blankets, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and items for kids.
Past Post Commander Rod Hughes, who also serves as a lieutenant in the Salem Fire Department, said Monday that his nephew Shane, the son of Salem Fire Chief Jeff Hughes, was spearheading a donation drive to help people in New York and New Jersey who lost everything.
In an e-mail, Shane explained that he serves as a Texas City firefighter/medic in the state of Texas, and his wife, Melissa, is an RN. He grew up in Salem, but she grew up in the New Dorp Beach area of Staten Island, N.Y. She still has family in that area and in Point Pleasant, Tom's River and Brick, N.J. - all areas hit hard by the storm.
Hughes said they're currently driving from the Houston area with a trailer filled with generators and donated goods, including clothing for adults and children in all sizes, shoes, blankets, toys, games and books for kids, and food for pets. Once they drop off the first load, they're returning to Houston for a second load and driving through the Youngstown area with a 26-foot moving van to collect the additional donations from this area. Besides the items already listed, they're also looking for tools and cleaning supplies of all kinds along with hygiene items like toilet paper and soap.
Hughes said items should be dropped off at Salem AMVETS Post 45, 750 S. Broadway Ave., by sometime Friday because he's planning to load it all up and transport it to the Liberty Fire Station #35, 4001 Logan Way, Youngstown Friday night. The moving van is expected to arrive in Youngstown by Saturday night for the return trip to the east coast.
According to the email, this event can be visited on Facebook: Hurricane Relief for Staten Island and Jersey Shore.
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