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Goods gathered for Hurricane Sandy relief

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

Members of Waltham Presbyterian Church and employees of Con-way Freight prepare 1,500 pounds of clothing and cleaning supplies to be shipped to New York City. (Photo contributed)

WALTHAM – Rev. Howard Clark Smith of Waltham Presbyterian Church and Lisle Elsbury of Duffy’s Tavern and Grill in Utica spearheaded a recent community drive to collect Hurricane Sandy relief items to send to the Coney Island area of New York City. The Waltham Presbyterian Church partnered with the New York City Presbytery and Rev. Thia Reggio to deliver the items to the Coney Island area.

Community members collected winter outerwear, clothing, toys, bedding, shoes and boots and cleaning supplies and over $4,000 for those who lost so much from the storm. Other donations included a large box of new tennis shoes from a Peoria shoe store and large shipping boxes from Stevenson Transfer. Donations were also received from the Sheridan Methodist Church.

Waltham trustee, Sally Wilson, coordinated the sorting and packing efforts of volunteers. One hundred boxes and 51 clean-up buckets totaling about 1,500 pounds were placed on pallets and loaded onto a Con-way truck by volunteers from Waltham, Duffy’s and Con-way Freight in LaSalle. Con-way is shipping the items at no cost to the East Coast. The organizers, Pastor Smith and Elsbury, also plan to travel to the New York City area to aid in clean-up efforts and assist with the offloading of the truck. Once the items are unloaded, they will be distributed via the oversight of the NYC Presbytery and local churches and various aide groups.

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