Several local organizations, businesses or individuals are collecting needed supplies for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. As they are made known to The News Eagle the announcement will be posted online that same day and in the paper, as long as the collection cutoff is not before publication. Please contact Peter Becker, Managing Editor, with any collection drive announcements, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (570)226-4547. Community members are thanked by each of the collection coordinators for their generosity in this hour of need.
• Compton’s Body Works & U-Haul, Hawley is donating the use of a 20 foot truck to go to East Rockaway, Long Island, NY with supplies for hurricane victims. The truck will be leaving Saturday morning Nov. 10 for the East Rockaway Fire Department. Drop off any of the following items at Compton’s Body Works, Rt. 6, a quarter mile west of Hawley. Items needed: Bleach, laundry detergent, garbage bags, rakes, shovels, rubber gloves, contractor bags, miscellaneous cleaning supplies, empty gas cans, no clothing or shoes, pet food, diapers. Robert Compton Jr. said that a firefigher from East Rockaway, who is one of their customers, will be coming to drive the truck down. Compton said that the response has been very encouraging and they would like to fill the truck up. Depending on the response, they might consider a second delivery later, possibly to the Jersey Shore area. For questions, call (570)226-4851.
• Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) asks for items to be dropped off at Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center (10 a.m.- 5 p.m.), Hawley IGA Market across from Bingham Park, Woodloch Pines Resort, AM Skier Insurance (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or Harmony Studio at the Hawley Silk Mill. The first shipment will be made Friday, Nov. 9. Items will be delivered privately to specified distribution points in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. This effort is not affiliated with the American Red Cross. Items needed: Water, non-perishable food items, gently worn clothing for adults and children, blankets, shoes, coats, hygienic products and pet foods. For comments, questions or concerns please e-mail HawleyStormRelief@gmail.com.
• Supplies for hurricane victims on the Jersey Shore are being collected at the Lackawanna College Lake Region Center, 3rd floor, Hawley Silk Mill. Please place supplies in boxes located there. Sunshine Falcone, a Human Services student at the college, is head of their Human Service Assistance Committee and is organizing the drive. She said she grew up in Jersey Shore area and it breaks her heart to learn of the suffering the residents there are enduring. The drive, she said, will be ongoing until further notice with repeated trips anticipated. Most of the items will be delivered to the people themselves; some will be taken to the shelters. She said the committee is discussing arranging a weekend work trip for Lackawanna College students to go and help in the recovery. Items needed: Cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, bottled water, rubber gloves, trash bags, packages of socks and underwear, paper bowls and plates for the shelters, toiletries (toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, etc.), First Aid kits, new pillows, cases and sheets, tents, sleeping bags, battery-operated camping lanterns, batteries, baby wipes.
• Fawn Lake Forest Association is collecting items for hurricane victims in Staten Island. Put items in a large garbage bag and bring it to the Clubhouse Activity Room. All donations must be delivered to the Clubhouse by Friday evening Nov. 9. They are being picked up on Saturday morning. Items needed: Baby food, diapers, wipes, baby powder, pet food, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, coats, shoes, blankets, flashlights, batteries, toiletries, personal feminine hygiene products, over-the-counter medicines, prepared foods, snacks, school supplies, backpacks, notebooks, etc., paper goods.
• Financial donations are accepted by a variety of organizations. Among them is the American Red Cross. Donations may be made online at www.redcross.org or if you text RED CROSS at 90999, a $10 donation is made instantly.