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Cleaning supplies, tools needed for storm relief

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You can help victims of Hurricane Sandy by donating to The Refuge this weekend.

The Greenwood-based nonprofit is sending eight to 10 volunteers to a northern New Jersey town that was hit hard in the storm. Volunteers need donations of cleaning supplies, new and used tools, paper products, bleach and air mattresses, The Refuge chief executive officer Thom Hord said.

People can drop off donations between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Refuge, 65 Airport Parkway. The group plans to fill a semitrailer with cleaning supplies and drive it out to New Jersey next week. Donors are asked not to give food or clothing because it isn’t needed, Hord said.

Volunteers will work in the storm-damaged community for about week to clean up, refurbish homes and help affected residents box up their possessions, Hord said.

“A lot still don’t have electricity,” he said. “We’ll help people regain some of what they’ve lost.”

The Refuge will partner with the Sayre Woods Bible Church in Old Bridge, N.J. The church and the nonprofit agency both helped with recovery efforts after a tornado in Henryville in southern Indiana earlier this year.

More residents could potentially volunteer to go on the trip, but The Refuge would need additional drivers to take them, Hord said. The nonprofit group also hopes to raise $1,000 in donations to pay for fuel for the semitrailer truck that will haul the supplies.

Anyone interested in donating can write a check to The Refuge and should specify that it’s for the New York/New Jersey relief fund, Hord said. He said 100 percent of the donations would go toward helping the storm victims.

Information: 889-7338

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