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Standing in front of a Con-way Freight semi filled with donated goods are Con-way Freight employees Dale Burgess (from left), Kerry Eilers, Tom Brown, Drew Sabdotta and Jeff Richards, Waltham pastor Howard C. Smith, Duffy’s Tavern owner Lisle Elsbury and Waltham trustee Ben Ficek. Submitted photo
The Rev. Howard Clark Smith of Waltham Presbyterian Church and Lisle Elsbury of Duffy’s Tavern and Grill in Utica spearheaded a community drive to collect Hurricane Sandy relief items to send to the Coney Island area near New York City.
The Waltham Presbyterian Church partnered with The New York City Presbytery and the Rev. Thia Reggio to deliver the items to the Coney Island area.
Community members collected winter outerwear, clothing, toys, bedding, shoes and boots, cleaning supplies and more than $4,000 for those who were affected by the storm. A large box of new shoes was donated by a Peoria shoe store.
Sheridan Methodist Church also made donations.
Large shipping boxes were donated by Stevenson Transfer. Waltham trustee Sally Wilson coordinated the sorting and packing efforts of volunteers. One hundred boxes and 51 clean-up buckets, totaling about 1,500 pounds, were placed on pallets and loaded onto a Con-way Freight truck by volunteers from Waltham, Duffy’s and Con-way Freight in La Salle.
Con-way will ship the items at no cost to the East Coast.
Smith and Elsbury also were on their way to New York City to aid in clean-up efforts and assist in the offloading of the truck.
Once the items are unloaded they will be distributed via the oversight of the NYC Presbytery. local churches and various aid groups.
Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
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Another geat story of love and kindness in the Valley!! Paying it forward is such a wonderful practice. The good works done to others will return to our area. Please--more positive stories like this in the newspaper and in the media will create more happening. We can change the world toward peace, one act at a time. Thank you.
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