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Local emergency aid drive this weekend to help victims of Hurricane Sandy

Calling all Good Samaritans! A local emergency aid drive is under way for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and ground zero for donations is the Elba Firemen's Rec Hall at the corners of routes 98 and 262. (That's two miles or so north of the Batavia Thruway exit.)

Bring donations to the Elba fire rec hall from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. "Absolutely NO monetary donations!"

According to Michelle Ostroski and Erin Verratti, an Elba native is traveling from his Staten Island home and coming here this weekend to get badly needed donations for his neighbors.

Locally, "just a group of moms and friends" -- who say they felt helpless watching the TV news coverage and seeing the devastation -- are counting on the citizenry of Genesee County to send this guy packing -- right back to his ravaged neighborhood "loaded for bear."

Needed:

  • batteries/flashlights
  • bleach
  • rubber gloves
  • any cleaning products
  • large, heavy-duty garbage bags
  • new and used clothing of all sizes
  • coats, gloves, hats, shoes, boots
  • diapers, including adult diapers
  • baby formula
  • blankets, pillows, towels
  • bottled water
  • hand sanitizer
  • non-perishable foods
  • feminine hygiene products
  • paper products -- toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, paper napkins
  • cups, plastic eating utensils
  • toiletry items: soap, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
  • first-aid kits

If you can't come on Sunday and have items to donate, please contact Michelle or Erin and they will make arrangements to pick them up!

Michelle: phone -- 590-6033  or  e-mail: [email protected]

Erin: phone -- 356-0718  or  e-mail: [email protected]

"If you would like help out on Sunday at the rec hall, come on down! Please feel free to spread the word! Every little bit will help!" ... "There are so many people affected, let's pull together and show our kids that we can make a difference!"

Tom Monnier
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Update:
AMAZING TURNOUT FOR THE "VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY" EVENT. THANK YOU EVERYONE THAT HELPED OUT AND DONATED THEIR TIME AND DONATIONS. IT IS TRULY AMAZING TO SEE EVERYONE COME TOGETHER IN A TIME OF NEED. THE DONATIONS WILL BE GOING TO A GREAT CAUSE AND WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANKS AGAIN. WE TRULY APPRECIATED ALL THE HELP AND DONATIONS.

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Forwarding this post on from:

Cara Mulham
1 hour ago near New York, NY

I tried posting this a little while ago but it didn't show up so I'm trying again. To all who have participated in the Hurricane Sandy donation drive in Elba: The devastation that hurricane sandy has caused here on Staten Island is absolutely immeasurable. It has forever changed the lives of our neighbors, family, and friends by taking lives, homes, and possessions. There are no words to describe what the residents Staten Island are going through....With all that said, the amount of love that has gone into this drive is also immeasurable. YOU will ALL change lives with your donations as we come together as a community to recover and rebuild. Each and every donation, big or small will make someone's life a little easier. You will never know how much all your effort and kindness means to everyone here. That small town with the biggest hearts I have ever seen. We are grateful for all the friendship, love, and support from everyone who participated and Staten Island cannot thank you enough. May God Bless each one of you and your huge hearts and that wonderful town of Elba!

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