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UPDATE: Severna Forest Resident Aids Sandy Victims

People wishing to make donations can now drop off supplies at the Starbucks on Ritchie Highway.

UPDATE: Severna Forest Resident Aids Sandy Victims

When some Severna Park Patch readers first read about the Renick family—a Severna Forest couple collecting supplies for areas of New Jersey that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy—the first thing they wanted to know was how they could help.

Just a few days later, Kristen Renick said the response has been so great that they have had to find a bigger truck to transport all the donations.

"My neighbor Jeanette Middleton Sudano has arranged for a company to donate a huge truck, driver, gas and tolls to us," Renick said. "We have plenty of room now. It is a huge truck and we are ready."

Those wishing to donate supplies can continue to drop them off at Renick's home at 205 Balsam Dr. Or they can drop them off at the Starbucks on Ritchie Highway.

"There is a box there that Starbucks has provided and I go there every day or every other day to empty it and bring the supplies home," Renick said.

Renick said people have been showing up at her door all week to donate and also said a lot of the people mentioned they read about the project on Patch.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Renick said they have enough "regular clothes" but need more warm-weather gear—like winter coats.

"I think some people don't even realize what we need exactly," Renick said. "Like if you donate food, you may need to donate a can opener as well. We also need baby supplies, like diapers and wipes. We have some, but we need to bump up that supply more."

Local Boy Scout troops and other neighborhood volunteers, including schools and churches, will be helping the Renick family on Thursday and Friday.

Renick also mentioned that the potential for possible bad weather is not impacting their plans and people can continue to drop off supplies.

"People can still drop things off. We are going on Saturday no matter what," Renick said. "We have the truck and we are going."

For more information on the Renick family's efforts, see Patch's previous article here.

Patch will continue to update this article throughout the week.

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