'Pay it Forward' effort initiated to assist shelters after Sandy
Following last year's devastation as a result of Tropical Storm Lee, members from various fire departments in New York City and surrounding areas answered the call and volunteered their time and services in our communities to assist with recovery efforts. Now, just a little over one year later, area residents have decided to pay it forward, and will be donating relief items to send to hard hit areas in and around New York City.
Working with Councilman Steve Levin's office in Brooklyn, New York, a truckload of items will be delivered from our area that will assist those who have been displaced from their homes, and are residing in shelters. According to an official coordinating the volunteer efforts out of Levin's office, they are working with the Department of Homeland Security, and will be distributing anything collected to shelters in the New York City and New Jersey region, based on shelter size and need.
The Owego Pennysaver and The Daily Review will be collecting through Friday the following items: bottled water, blankets, pet food, non-perishable food items, towels and children's book. According to representatives at the collection point, the children in the shelters would benefit greatly by having books to read during this difficult time.
On Saturday morning, the items will be delivered to Brooklyn for distribution.
Items can be dropped off at the Owego Pennysaver located at 181-183 Front St. in Owego, N.Y. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, and at The Daily Review office located at 222 Desmond St. in Sayre, Pa. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday.
The coordinators in Brooklyn, New York are asking that only those items requested be donated for this effort.