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Sandy "Relief for Redhook" takes shape in upstate NY donation truck


ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - An up-state charity organization has emerged and sprung into action, animated by the grief and struggle of fellow New Yorkers still combating the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The organization is called "Relief for Redhook," and will be accepting donations in two locations.

All donations will be transported personally by charity organizers, down-state to Brooklyn.

'Redhook' is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that was very severely hit by Hurricane Sandy.

"Even though we live in up-state," said Tina Mirabile, lead coordinator of the relief organization. "My business is located in Redhook, and we all have friends in the area."

Tina Mirabile's business, "Atelier De France," a furniture design house, was located directly on the pier, one of the areas most ruthlessly affected.

Hundreds of businesses and homes have been washed out of existence by the floods and high winds that Hurricane Sandy carried to the New York City area.

Loose animals and stray pets continue to wander the streets amid the debris, in need of food and shelter.

A 17-foot truck that was donated by 'U-Haul Hamburg Street' in Schenectady will accept donations through the donation truck's departure date on Saturday, November 10th.

The truck will be taken down on Saturday morning, where locals will meet the relief team and distribute the goods to neighbors and business owners in Brooklyn all together. 

The Capital District Humane Association is mobilizing volunteers and Facebook friends to donate pet supplies and pet food for the truck.

The Capital District animal rescue group will also be sending volunteers to help sort and distribute the items.

The shelter receiving these donations is called the "Redhook Initiative," and is located at 767 Hicks Street in Brooklyn, New York. 

There are two drop-off locations for the truck: one in Rotterdam and one in Burnt Hills.

The location in Rotterdam is the BJ's located at 70 West Campbell Road.

The location in Burnt Hills is Route 50 Storage, at 736 Saratoga Road.

Locations will be accepted between 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday.  

Acceptable donations include: non-perishable canned goods, water, baby food, baby wipes, feminine products, blankets and sheets, batteries, candles, cat food, dog food, cleaning supplies and pet supplies of any kind.

100% of all cash donations go to purchase these products for the truck prior to Saturday.

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