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Donations Pour in For Patch's Sandy Drive

Now we have a "good" problem you may be able to help solve.

Donations Pour in For Patch's Sandy Drive Donations Pour in For Patch's Sandy Drive

Hundreds of people donated thousands of items to our Patch Sandy Relief Drive.

Our first load of relief supplies was delivered to Staten Island on Friday morning. Volunteers at one of the four central distribution points on the Island were there to help unload and the first to send a giant "thank you" back to all the Patchers in Tredyffrin, Easttown, Springfield and surrounding areas who responded so generously to the call.

Your generosity was so amazing that we now have even more items to send to the Sandy impact zone.

Three tireless volunteers helped to sort all the additional donations Saturday at the temporary storefront collections center Patch set up in Berwyn. Thanks to Stacey Ballard of Eadeh Enterprises for allowing Patch to use the building as a hub for this collection drive!

You, our wonderful Patchers, responded quickly and with incredible generosity on Thursday and Friday. We arranged for a truck for Friday morning's supply run to the Hurricane zone based on the number of donations received on Wednesday when we launched the drive. Well, we (I) should have known better! As word spread of the drive, the donations kept pouring in.

Now we have a "good" problem that we hope someone can help solve.

We need another truck to take items to Staten Island on Monday or Tuesday. Based on what we have collected, a small box truck (like the U-Hauls with "Mom's Attack" over the cab or something like a big trailer would work. (Like the size of a two horse trailer or the trailers the landscaping companies use to haul their tractors and gear).  Because of the nature of the donations we need an enclosed vehicle or trailer.

We can drive it there if you know of a vehicle that can be driven with a standard (non-CDL) license. Or if someone would like to drive their own vehicle we'll be glad to ride along or in drive in tandem with the delivery.

If you, or someone you know of, can help please contact Patch Editor Bob Byrne via email: Bob.Byrne@Patch.com or call 610-392-5200.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to make this such a wildly successful supply drive!

Editors Note: I would like to extend special and heartfelt thanks to several people who literally made this possible:

Stacey Ballard of Eadeh Enterprises (and the Berwyn Devon Business and Professional Association) who not only answered a request for space to use as a collection center but graciously has allowed us to extend our stay there to accomodate sorting and delivering the thousands of donations that poured in on Thursday and Friday.

Emily and John Smith, owners of EmJ's Cafe at 814 Lancaster Ave. in Berwyn. Before I could even ask, they offered the cafe as a drop-off point. They also loaded items into their cars (several times) to ferry them to our makeshift collection center. Emily was also instrumental in helping to spread the word aout the relief supply drive on social media.

Claire Phillips Guarino, owner of HomeCooked in Paoli. As soon as Claire heard about the drive, she offered her store as a drop-off point for Paoli. (Michelle at HomeCooked was also wonderful about saying yes) It wasn't long before her store was flooded with donations!

The agents and staff of the Long & Foster Real Estate office in Devon. They answered the call for a Devon drop-off location within minutes of the article posting on Wednesday morning. Working in combination with a drive they had already started we almost completely filled a 12' cargo van on Thursday night.

Pastors Bob Korn and Bob Kinzel and staff and congregation of The Blue Church in Springfield. Pastor Korn not only said yes to our request for a Springfield drop off location he was there offering support during the drop-off Thursday night.

And the biggest Thank You of all goes to you, our wonderful Patch readers. Your gernerosity is already making things better for the people of Staten Island where Sandy's power wiped out homes, and turned people's lives upside down in the course of one horrible night of wind, rain and storm surges.

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