The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is collecting items to deliver to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
The idea to help the people hit hardest by the storm came from June’s weather that left thousands in our area and Ohio without power. Deputy Jay Lawhorne remembers the help he received and those who came to his rescue when he was without power . Now he and others want to return the favor.
"There’s a storm coming through supposedly [Tuesday] or [Wednesday] night so coats, gloves, hats, any kind of clothing. A lot of these people lost their entire homes so they have nothing." said Deputy Lawhorne.
Bottled water, non-perishable food items, clothing and blankets are some of the items most needed. So far several business have gotten involved. A 25-foot trailer, two open trailers and three pickup trucks will depart this Saturday around noon to deliver collected items.
"Back when we had the big storms we all sat without power. It was hot, miserable, kids were getting irritable, but my neighbors helped me out. I didn’t have a generator , I had one lent to me. We helped each other out, and it was nice to know that you had someone who could get you through it and give you a hand, I just thought it would be nice to return that favor to someone else who needs it." said Deputy Adam Swope, who’s also involved in the relief efforts.
Monetary donations will help families who have lost everything, with hopes of being able to put them in a hotel. You can drop off donations in the Muskingum County Sheriff office’s lobby from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Fieldhouse also has a makeshift drop off site set up.