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Latham Fire Department collects supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims


LATHAM, N.Y.---As local efforts continue to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, Wednesday's Nor'easter poses some new challenges on top of the ones New York City and New Jersey are already facing.

While Albany International Airport is open, three flights to Newark, New Jersey were cancelled Wednesday, and United Airlines plans to cancels its first two flights to Newark Thursday morning.

The timing of this snowstorm couldn't be worse, as the disaster relief effort is still in its beginning stages.

And that's where the Latham Fire Department is stepping in, collecting donations of supplies to bring it to people in Freeport, Long Island who are in desperate need.

Assistant Fire Chief Neil Blanchard says this weekend the donations will be loaded onto a fifty foot truck donated by Price Chopper as a means of getting the supplies downstate.

After that, Blanchard says they will go straight to families who have literally nothing left as a result of Sandy.

Also on Wednesday, Beech Nut, based out of Amsterdam, announced it will send $80,000 worth of baby food and infant products to the most devastated areas.

Donations will continue to be collected at the Latham Fire Department through this weekend, and the truck will head down to Long Island on Monday.

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