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First Coast News leads Sandy relief effort

3:33 AM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The wrath of Hurricane Sandy left behind flooded homes, fallen trees, and widespread power outages. Help is on the way.

Organizations like Mission Harvest America are ramping up its efforts to help. Call it neighbors helping neighbors.

"New Jersey, New York, New England, they've sent stuff down here during hurricanes so now it is our turn to return to them," said Dewey Painter.

Painter is president of Mission Harvest and he's already reached out to an area in need.

"We are going to Trenton, New Jersey," said Painter.

First Coast News and United Way of Northeast Florida have teamed up to help Mission Harvest meet the needs of those affected by Sandy and that means we have to fill a lot of barrels with clothing and food

"We need volunteers, we need food," said Painter, "Preferably cans with the pop top. Something you can cook without a stove, baked beans, stuff like that."

For the past 22 years, Painter's organization has responded to a number of natural disasters, from Haiti to New Orleans.

The goal, he said, is get a tractor trailer on the road to Trenton, New Jersey by the weekend

"Probably about 250 barrels per tractor trailer," said Painter, "At least one trailer to begin with. I would imagine we would do about ten,"

Painter is just getting started, but has faith he will reach his goal.

"It is the Christian thing to do," said Painter, "The Lord loves us, we love people. And people are in need so why not extend our heart.'

A collection trailer has been set up at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville near EverBank Field. 

Operation Sandy Relief is looking to get donated:
Water - 1 litter or smaller bottles for easier transport.
Food - Canned, pop top preferred that is easy to prepare with or without heat.
Food - Dry such as rice [5 and 10 pound bags] and beans.
Disposable Charcoal grills and charcoal
Matches [in zip log bags]
Powdered Milk, Baby Formula and bottles
Pet supplies and food
First Aid Kits - Items for the kits as well
Battery Operated Radios
Flashlights and batteries
Paper Cups, Napkins, and plastic utensils
Non-Electric cans opener and Utility Knifes
Duct Tape
Plastic zip lock bags
Matches in Zip Lock bags
Personal Care items such as soap, toilet paper, wipes, garbage bags, disinfectant and bleach
Plastic Tarps
Portable Generators
Clothes, especially baby and children
Blankets and sleeping bags
Coats and sweaters

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