Those seeking to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York City will have that opportunity this weekend when an empty 18-wheel tractor trailer sets up for a donation drive at Enosburg Falls Middle & High School on Dickenson Ave.
The event, organized by Enosburg Falls resident Keely Remillard, begins Friday, Nov. 9, when the tractor-trailer, donated by Richard Green, Inc., arrives at the school parking lot at 4 p.m. Between then and 6 p.m., volunteers will be organized and briefed on how to handle donations, and donations will be accepted. On both Saturday and Sunday, donations will be accepted from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., or until the trailer is full.
Items being sought include non-perishable food items (instant oatmeal, cereal, peanut butter, tuna fish, pasta, etc …), can openers, eating utensils, bottled water, baby products, blankets, toiletries and sanitary products, cat and dog food, batteries and flashlights, and candles. Cash donations will also be accepted to offset the truck driver’s fuel, room and board expenses.
Volunteers are also needed to accept donations throughout the weekend, box the donated items, and load them onto the trailer.
Once the drive ends Sunday afternoon, the tractor trailer will head to Staten Island, NY. Remillard worked with officials at the New York Foodbank to determine the location that would be best served by the donated items.