United Way collecting supplies for hurricane victims

The United Way of Tompkins County is working with the United Way of Houston to collect items that will be useful to victims of Hurricane Harvey, and get them from Ithaca to Texas and Louisiana.

Volunteers at a United Way event pack donated goods into bags and boxes to be distributed in the community. 14850 file photo.

Collection sites this Friday and Saturday will be an opportunity for Central New York residents to donate specific items that will be useful to residents of the area affected by storm damage and flooding in and around Houston, as well as to teams working to clean up the area.

The United Way says items being requested for donation at this time are:

  • ?  Hand-held snack items (granola bars, peanut butter crackers, protein bars, etc.)
  • ?  Pop-top ready-to-eat items (canned meats, applesauce, vegetables, fruit cups)
  • ?  Shelf-stable pantry items (peanut butter, jelly, tuna, chili, beef stew and soup)
  • ?  Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • ?  Cleaning supplies (bleach, buckets, garbage bags, paper towels, etc.)
  • ?  Bottled water
  • ?  Diapers

On Friday, trucks and volunteers will be at the Owego American Legion from 9am-1pm and the Dryden Fire Station from 3-8pm.

On Saturday, trucks and volunteers will be at Dewitt Middle School, Ithaca High School, and Trumansburg school district office from 8-10am, at Cornell University’s CC parking lot on north campus from 10:30am-1pm, at the Lansing and Newfield school district offices from 11am-1pm, and at Dryden High School and Groton Junior/Senior High School from 2-4pm.

In the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, concerned people are encouraged not to send stuff, but to send money instead, because items like clothing and stuffed animals can’t be easily distributed, and trucks may not be able to reach the area. Several days later, organizations can coordinate efforts like this to get materials to those who need them.

Steph Woodward from the United Way of Tompkins County says anyone who’d like to volunteer to help load the trucks can sign up at getconnected.uwtc.org. She credits the following community partners for their assistance with this effort: Baden-Powell Boy Scouts, Cornell University, Dryden Central School District, Dryden Fire Station Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Express Trailer Sales, Groton Central School District, Ithaca City School District, KT Construction, Lansing Central School District, Newfield School District, Owego Fire Station, Page Transportation, Trumansburg School District, and Tryon’s Transfer.

Monetary donations are still important, and a benefit concert next Wednesday at the Range will raise funds for relief efforts.

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