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Patch & AOL Send Hurricane Sandy Relief Trucks to Long Island, New Jersey

Employees help out, and you can, too.

It's been said it's far better to have a neighbor who's near, than a brother who's far away, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Americans across the nation have proven to be the best neighbors and the strongest of families .

This past weekend, AOL and Patch employees took an opportunity to pitch in, packing two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles, VA, and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island.

Want to join the relief efforts? Click here to donate: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol

"When a catastrophe of this size hits, we all feel it, both the hundreds of us who live in the impacted towns, and our colleagues who are watching and wishing they could help more. So for us AOLers and Patchers, it feels like a relief and a privilege to get to help out in such a big, immediate way," said Patch Chief Content Officer Rachel Fishman Feddersen.

The AOL trucks will arrive in New Jersey on Monday and Long Island the next day. The deliveries will include many of the essentials residents most need, such as bottled water, blankets, batteries, canned soup, disposable diapers, baby formula and more.

The trucks are rolling as residents in areas such as the Jersey Shore, Staten Island and Long Island are still coping with the aftermath of the hurricane. Hundreds of thousands are still without power, the area transit systems are crippled, and gas lines can go on for miles, as motorists desperately try to fill their cars and residents look to fill gas cans in order to keep generators humming in near-freezing temperatures.

You can join us in the relief efforts. To Donate to Hurricane Sandy Disaster relief, click here: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol

Mels Ditties November 05, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Where will these trucks be distributing?
Tara Conry November 05, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Inwood, Island Park and West Islip.
Robyn Davis November 05, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Where in west islip? I could really use newborn diapers and formula.
Jaguar-Guy November 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Wow, that is some needed good news for folks, and new parents in bad need.
catman November 05, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Well I guess those trucks with AOL and Patch all over them is one way for AOL to get some free advertising for its corporate local news website that isn't really local at all.
Kaitlyn Piccoli (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
@Robyn- As of right now, the truck will be stopping at Our Lady of Lourdes. You can also try the West Islip Fire Department on Union Blvd. They had a drive over the weekend and are stocked up on donations for those in need.
Scott Moore (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Not to mention First Presbyterian Church in Babylon and the American Legion Post 94.
Mels Ditties November 06, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Patch is one of the best local websites that have come along (most of them are long gone or just lingering in "last update 2 years ago" hell)....It seems since Sandy there's been alot more co-mingling of towns, which will probably end when this mess is over... If they got a truck..got supplies and are handing them out to those in need, who cares if they advertise?...Not only are they helping those in need, the are helping Patch to grow...which IMO is a pretty good thing....
P. J. Miller November 06, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Can anyone tell me if Cameo Rd has power? I have friends that live on that block and would like to know. thanks.
Laura November 06, 2012 at 06:43 AM
My area has electricity. I think what your doing is great. I want to thank the Patch. I look forward to your site. You give me the news every morning. I don't miss the newspapers. What you are doing to help those without electricity, is really great. People helping people is nice.
Dj Tasker November 06, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I want to know how I can get ITEMS to Long Island not how to donate to the Red Cross. Anyone have a clue? Is there an adopt a family option? I live in Dulles, VA and would have loved to put items on those trucks but the links all lead to monetary donations to the Red Cross who have been very vague in the distribution of funds to Disaster Relief "like' Hurricane Sandy victims. Reminiscent of 9/11 and well, not for me. I'd rather send a pack of diapers or formula, my boys too small clothes, etc to someone who will use them.
Robyn Davis November 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
thank you so much for the info!
forward thinking November 06, 2012 at 01:06 PM
match their work and you too can have an advertizement critiquing their work
P. J. Miller November 06, 2012 at 04:54 PM
DOES CAMEO RD, NEIGHBORHOOD BEHIND EMILIOS HAVE POWER YET?
Dennis Reilly November 07, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Shhh! Don't shout! I have a headache!
Mike Virgintino November 07, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Paul: it isn't insanity; it is called "stupidity," and the first ones to complain that they have to work harder, have less money in their paychecks and can't make ends meet, have to pay higher taxes, have to pay more for health care, or can't get the services or freebies that they want will be those who put the same people in office who couldn't get in right in the first place. Welcome to the earth's largest third world country.
Pam Robinson (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 05:52 AM
DJ, there are several drives popping up at firehouses and elsewhere on Long Island. Did you want to ship by mail? Please drop me a note at pam.robinson@patch.com and I'll try to point you to a few places. Thanks for thinking of our residents.
Mung Bean November 07, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Well Mike and Paul, its nice to know that most of my fellow Americans aren't stupid or insane. While I have great respect for my Moderate Republican friends I can only breathe a sigh of relief that going to the extreme right is still not a winning formula for the majority of Americans. A Conservative Republican drove this country into a ditch, a Conservative Republican is the least able to pull it out of one.
hazel watson November 07, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Hazel W. No Paul, Just Americans exercising their Constitutional Right.
Mung Bean November 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
God answered your prayers, Paul. Obama won. Thanks for your help!

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