Midstate groups sending aid to areas struck by superstorm Sandy

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Nov 15, 2012 4:01 AM

(Carlisle) -- Groups across the midstate are gathering supplies for the victims of superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey.

Rotary clubs are sending goods to storm-struck Toms River Township in New Jersey.

Items collected by the organizations in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties have already filled one tractor-trailer delivery to the disaster zone last week.

Rick Coplen is the President of the Carlisle Rotary Club.

He says cold weather clothing has been in high demand, but the situation has changed a bit

"What we really need now are personal care items, toiletries, things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary handwipes, all those sorts of things," Coplen explains. "There's a lot of need for infant care items, particularly diapers for infants up to two years old."

Coplen says non-perishable food is also needed.

He says Carlisle-based John Gleim, Jr. Excavating Company is providing the trucks and drivers to get the supplies to New Jersey.

The Lebanon Independent Fire Company and Lebanon City Fire Department are also collecting items for storm victims to be delivered to Long Island, New York, on Monday.

Additionally, Matt Leininger, the Chapter Executive of the York/Adams, Cumberland Valley and Greater Hanover chapters of the American Red Cross has also deployed to assist with relief efforts in New York.

Coplen provided the following information for making donations to the Rotary Club: 

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday:

John Gleim, Jr. Excavating Company
625 Hamilton Street, Carlisle, PA 17015
717-243-7160, Ext. 235

Lancaster Electric Company
679 E. Ross St., Lancaster, PA 17602

Playhouse Cafe
1 Lemoyne Square, Lemoyne, PA 17043

Cumberland Goodwill EMS
519 South Hanover Street Carlisle, PA 17013

950 Walnut Bottom Road Carlisle, PA 17015

Campus Door
1415 Ritner Highway, Carlisle, PA 17013
Rear of the building

If you have a donation and need assistance getting it to a drop off point, please e-mail to make arrangements for pick up.

Requested items include:  (Please note that this list continues to evolve---warm clothes are no longer a priority item, but, if donated, a needy recipient will be found, either in NJ /NY or Central PA.  Gently used clothes are accepted, as long as they are clean and serviceable.

1.       Personal Care/Toiletries:  Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Deodorant; Sanitary Hand Wipes/Adult Diapers/Towels/Wash Cloths/Sanitary Napkins/Bars of soap/Q tips

2.       Infant care items (Diapers--Infant—2 yrs, etc.)

3.       Non-perishable food (Canned and dry--such as cereal, rice & pasta.

4.       Bottled Water

5.       Household cleaning supplies

6.       First Aid Supplies

7.       Laundry Detergent, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Tissues  

8.       Pet Supplies

9.       Flashlights, Batteries (especially “D” batteries)

10.   Children’s toys

11.   Brooms, Mops, Rakes, Shovels

12.   Bedding- sheets, pillowcases, blankets, pillows Blankets & Sleeping Bags

13.   Shop vacs and portable generators

14.   Tarps

(No Glass Items Please)

Monetary Donations will also be accepted.  Please make checks payable to “Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation” (which is a 501 (c3) corporation): please note “Hurricane Sandy Relief”

Donations can be mailed to Carlisle Rotary Club, P.O. Box 301, Carlisle, PA 17013

Justin Breen, Captain of the Independent Fire Company in Lebanon shares this information about his organization's relief efforts: 

The members and family of the Independent Fire Company and Lebanon City Fire Department are collecting donations for the people of NY who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations can be dropped off at City Fire Station 1 (8th and Orange Streets in Lebanon) and City Fire Station 2 (9th and Mifflin Streets in Lebanon). Collected items will be delivered to Long Island, NY on Monday, 19 November 2012.

Items needed are:

Nonperishable Foods
Juice Boxes
Toilet Paper
Soap (Antibacterial, Bath)
Cleaning Products
Baby Care Products
Sealed Pain Medications, Cold Medicines, etc.
Warm Clothing
Winter Gloves, Hats
Electric Space Heaters
Plastic Gasoline Containers
Gas Cards (To fill Gas containers prior to getting there)
Light Bulbs
Heavy Garbage Bags
Work Gloves
N95 Dust Masks
Pet Supplies (food, litter)

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