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Helping Hands for Tornado Victims

Several local organizations have held food drives to benefit the victims of the devastating tornado in Western Massachusetts. Another is this weekend.

The devastating tornado June 1 in Western Massachusetts, one of the strongest to hit the state, left damage in several communities, including Springfield, Brimfield and Monson. Last week, the Knox Trail Boy Scouts held a food drive. This week, a Girl Scout troop is hosting one.

An organizer posted the following notice on the Milford Patch Facebook page:

Tornado Drive

A local Girl Scout/Brownie troop and the Youth Group at the , 4 Congress St., Milford, is hosting a clothing/canned food drive for tornado victims in Western Mass. Drop off times are Saturday, June 11 from 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 12 from 1 to 3 p.m., at 4 Congress St.

Beth Rayner-Zyskowski June 10, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Please donate CLEAN spring and summer clothing in wearable condition and make sure any food items you are donating are not expired. These folks have enough stuff that has to be thrown away, they sure don't need more. Or better yet, head to the grocery store and buy ten boxes of pasta or ten cans of tuna to donate. If everyone who reads this contributes $10 worth of food and some clothing, it will be a big help. Thanks!
Leslie Jacobs June 11, 2011 at 02:11 PM
I was there last weekend.. they need the following: Pet Food (cat, dog, bird), Large storage tubs to keep food, clothes, personal items in in), knap sacks, hygiene wipes, first aid items, Baby & Toddler food, diapers, children's books, flashlights and batteries. Paper goods: plates, cups, plastic wear, large zip lock bags, contractor trashbags. If you have any tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment. Clean towels, bedding that can be packaged to keep it clean. Many animals are displaced waiting for their owners to locate them or owners who do not have homes yet and have people taking care of their animals for them. Tent cities are starting to go up in the former trailer parks in Brimfield and people are still combing the country side looking for their personal items. The three towns I visited have centralized places for people to go to for food pantry, shelter, and a hot meal. The clean up/recovery is going to take a long time and many are camping near the areas they are cleaning up.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) June 11, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Thank you, Leslie, for sharing those photos with Patch readers!
Jan June 17, 2011 at 06:19 AM
Would love to donate. Have clothes and will donate food. Missed the last drive. Any info would be appreciated. TY..Jan F

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