For the News Tribune
KEYSER - With the "Stuff a Truck" drive to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New York, the day-long event has been changed to a week-long collection.
Fountain resident and New York native Annette Favara had announced last week that she would be spearheading a "Stuff a Truck" event Dec. 9 to collect items which will be trucked by Quality Supplier to her home church in Lindenhurst, N.Y.
As the interest in helping with the campaign has steadily increased, however, donors are now being asked to drop off their items to Quality Supplier in the Keyser Industrial Park any time between Monday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"As the stuff comes in, they will go ahead and shrink wrap it and get it ready for transport," Favara said.
Favara expressed her appreciation recently for the way the community has come together to help their neighbors in New York.
"It's really been wonderful," she said.
The event is being sponsored by St. Peters Catholic Church of Westernport and the Churches of Western Allegany and North Counties of Maryland, and has received help from the Keyser Moose Lodge, New Creek Primary School, and many other organizations.
Favara realizes the more help they receive, the better.
"There is little time to do this and a big list to fill," she said.
Favara said Lindenhurst got hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy.
"Four thousand families have been displaced," according to John M. Kennedy Jr., Suffolk County Legislator, 12th L.D., with whom Favara is currently working to determine the needs of the area.
The truck, donated by Rick Amoroso, will arrive in Hauppauge, N.Y., Suffolk County, on Dec. 10.
On Sunday, Nov. 25, Favara held an organizational meeting and the following chairpersons were established: Annette Francis, organizations, 304-813-8594; Teresa Shafer, churches, 301-786-4672; Chad Lindsay, president of the Mineral County Firefighters Association, 240-362-6650; sheriff-elect Jeremy Taylor, police organizations, 304-813-4485; Jennifer Favara, assistant chairperson, 304-813-4708; Jim Maybury, businesses; 304-790-0336; and Candy Gordon, volunteers, 304-788-5652.
Area churches involved in the drive include St. Peter's, Trinity Lutheran, John Hall, Fairview Chapel, and Emmanuel Episcopal.
Believer's Fellowship on East Street in Keyser will be open Wednesday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 7, for drop off.
Schools that have taken part include New Creek, Fountain, Burlington primaries and Keyser High School. Organizations include the Keyser Moose, Keyser VFW,
Oakland VFW, Xixi Gamma Tau,
Businesses donations have come from Automated Packaging, Pilgrim's Pride, Ace Hardware, Utz Potato Chips, and McDonald's of Cumberland.
Drop off box Locations for cleaning supplies are located at TS Cellular, Keyser; Keyser Tobacco Outlet; Dollar General Westernport; Moran's Liquors, BB& T Bank.
Page 2 of 2 - "We are also taking gift cards to give so the families can rebuild," Favara said. "Eighty-five gift cards are needed for children for Christmas. Gift Cards also will be given to the Lindenhurst mayor's office to help families rebuild."
Donations can also be made online via paypal.com to email@example.com and under item description "Sandy Hurricane Relief Stuff a Truck," or mail your donation to Annette Favara, Sandy Hurricane Relief, Rt. 6 Box 6446 Keyser, WV 26726