Great things can happen when groups come together.
On Monday, Nov. 19, 21,629 pounds of food, paper products, diapers, pet products and other necessity items were delivered to the Staten Island emergency distribution center to aid those in that area devastated by the recent Hurricane Sandy.
Western New York responded in a caring way with Regal Service Company of Ripley, N.Y., providing the truck and trailer to haul the cargo. Their Regal Relief division stepped up in a big way by also donating the cost of the fuel to make the trip. The driver, who is also a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus and a Deacon for the Diocese of Buffalo, donated his services to get the load there.
Volunteers from a variety of organizations at the Staten Island emergency distribution center recently received 21,629 pounds of food, paper products, diapers, pet products and other necessity items donated by Western New Yorkers to aid those in that area devastated by the recent Hurricane Sandy.
This effort was coordinated by the area's Knights of Columbus Councils including Dunkirk Council No. 929, Our Lady of Hope Council No. 3076 in Buffalo and the Msgr. David Gernatt Council No. 15113 in Gowanda. The Jamestown collection site was coordinated by St. James Church and Jamestown area Knights of Columbus.
Donations were received over 10 days, and miraculous results provided the needed supplies. Several groups assisted the effort, some of which were effected by the 2009 flood that devastated the local area and knew the need would be great. Others joining the effort were several of the Permanent Deacons of the Diocese of Buffalo, Chautauqua County 4H, Cattaraugus County 4H, Dunkirk Animal Clinic, Gowanda area churches and several businesses, neighbors and friends.
The site receiving the donations was shocked to see the vast amount of needed items and was happy to spend the day unloading. Workers commented through out how generous this area is to help people they don't even know, but helped in such a big way. Thanks to Western New York for showing how to care.