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Generosity being shown toward Sandy sufferers

Rollie Boyd of Winchester hoists packages of donated dog food to Sean Benson of Front Royal. Benson was helping collect supplies in this trailer outside Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department to be sent to New Jersey Superstorm Sandy victims. Rich Cooley/Daily

By Sally Voth

Area residents have responded generously to the plight of Northerners affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Two New Jersey towns will benefit in coming days from donation drives set up in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

A tractor-trailer from Mt. Crawford-based Beam Brothers Trucking is heading to Pleasantville, N.J., early Saturday morning, according to Shannon Nelson of Front Royal.

For a little more than a week, the 53-foot trailer has been parked at Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department for donations of a variety of intems, including food, cleaning supplies, pet food, toiletries, baby supplies, bedding and towels, Nelson said.

"You name it, we've got it packed in this truck," she said Friday afternoon.

Nelson was asked to help by Joe Himes, a Beam Brothers employee.

"He asked his trucking company for a truck to be able to take donations up, and Beam Brothers donated the tractor-trailer and fuel," she said. "He called me and said, 'Fill it."

Nelson and some friends papered the whole region with flyers, and drop-off locations were set up in Frederick County, Woodbridge and Haymarket.

"We've been taking donations from five counties," she said. "We're full. The generosity and the kindness of this community is just amazing. I would love for everyone to know [that] thank you, and bless them all for their wonderful help. I hope it means as much to them up there [in New Jersey] as it did to me to see all the people come out in force."

Also trucking to the Garden State is Mark Linski, owner of Save-A-Lot in Mt. Jackson. He'll be taking an 18-foot box truck full of food and water, paper towels, diapers and toilet paper to Rumson, N.J., on Tuesday.

"They're in, of course, desperate need of many things -- food and dog and cat food, a lot of different items that they're in need of," Linski said.

Save-A-Lot is matching any donations people make, according to Linski. The donations must be by the case, and cases range from about $2.59 to $45, he said.

"Anybody that donates something is really getting double the worth out of it," Linski sad.

Cases stack better on pallets, he said.

"Hopefully, it will end up being eight pallets of food," Linski said. "They would like me to take it up there on Tuesday so they can have some food for Thanksgiving up there."

He said he just wanted to help those who needed aid.

"I just wanted to do something," Linski said. "I thought about helping out many times in the past, and I never have. This time, I basically just said, hey, you need to do something rather than just thinking about it. I got online, looked at places that were in pretty dire straits up there, made a couple phone calls up there. Just picked a town out and called them up."

Donations can be made at Save-A-Lot until Monday.

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com


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