There are still thousands of residents in New York and New Jersey who remain in the dark due to Hurricane Sandy. Some have been without electricity and heat for more than a week.
Milford resident Holly Moore is working with a group called "Massachusetts - New York Relief Runs" to bring much-needed supplies to the area. The first trip is leaving Massachusetts Sunday.
Moore is the Milford coordinator for the group.
She is amassing supplies for the "poorest and hardest hit communities in New York and New Jersey."
In an email message, she reported: "Our first trip leaves on Sunday and all items for that run need to be here by Friday evening for transport to our main site that is loading the truck. Anything received after that time will be delivered on our next run, which is not scheduled yet but will likely be the following week."
What is needed right now: boots, batteries (especially C & D), flashlights, hand/foot warmers, blankets, diapers, formula, baby food, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, winter coats, socks, underwear, shovels and non-perishable foods. Hand-operated can openers also are needed, as are foods that can be opened without can openers.
Small games and toys for children would also be greatly appreciated.
Items can be brought to Moore at 23 Hancock St., Milford, and the Hopedale Police Department and Bellingham Police Department have both offered to serve as drop off sites. The Bellingham Police has specific requests regarding drop offs and that info can be found on the contact page of the group's website: www.massnyreliefruns.webs.com.