Reddingite Paula Schwear is requesting that voters on their way to the polls “consider purchasing/bringing an item or two for the Joel Barlow Stuff A Bus For The Troops collection box at the Redding Community Center. Through this annual even local schools and the Redding and Easton community come together to provide supplies for our men and women in uniform, she said.
There is an official list of the most popular items requested by troops at give2thetroops.org/items. Home baked goods or glassware cannot be sent.
Donations will be collected through Nov. 9 at Joel Barlow High School, Redding and Easton lower schools and the Community Center. The Stuff A Bus event takes place at Barlow from 2 to 4 on Nov. 9.
Coreena d’Alessandro is encouraging residents to drop off items for New Jersey Communities hit hard by Superstrom Sandy at the Mark Twain Library or 53 Chestnut Woods Roads. The first truck is leaving Friday morning, she said.
Needed items include diapers (all sizes), batteries, baby formula (all types), cleaning and baby wipes, crayons, coloring books, puzzles, toys, towels, bedding and pillows, pet food, personal hygiene products, women’s hygiene products, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, coats and shoes, sternos, and, if possible, portable showers. Clothing and food are already in abundance through the Red Cross and FEMA.
The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department is accepting the following donations for the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. and surrounding community that were decimated by the storm.
Clothing, shoes, pillows, bedding, blankets, towels, and non-perishable food are needed, as well as toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, toilet paper, paper towels), bottled water, batteries, flashlights, brooms, pet food, diapers, dry formula, baby wipes and hearing aid batteries.
“For area fire departments, please be advised that the Breezy Point Volunteer Fire Department is in dire need for turnout gear, helmets, boots, gloves, flashlights, portable radios, generators, portable pumps, etc.,” the Georgetown department said in its release.
Drop off all donations at the Georgetown Firehouse, 6 Portland Avenue, Georgetown. The firehouse is open for donations every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Tuesday, Nov. 13.
“It would greatly help if your donations are well packaged and labeled. And please help us spread the word,” the department said.