Harford's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts continue

Efforts continue in Harford County to collect donations of food, clothes and other essentials for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York.

The Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace sent one truckload of donations north to New York on Thursday afternoon, working in cooperation with a group of Baltimore City firefighters.

A second truckload is slated to go out late this weekend. The fire company will continue to accept donated goods at the No. 5 firehouse at 1542 Chapel Road in Havre de Grace until 6 p.m. Friday.

Also collection donations near the SAIC building in Abingdon are Tom and Becky Eberwein. Tom Eberwein, a former Aegis sports writer who now works for SAIC, said via e-mail, "For those of you at SAIC or in Harford County, I will be at SAIC's office all afternoon this Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to collect items."

The couple and others assisting them plan to distribute what they collect at locations in northern New Jersey and on Staten Island. They are asking for bleach, dish detergent, mops gloves, buckets, heavy duty, work gloves, heavy duty trash bags, rakes, shovels and heavy duty brooms, pull ups and diapers, new socks and new underwear (men's and women's), cleaning supplies, towels (new and/or clean), pet food, blankets, sheets, candles, matches, flashlights, batteries, extension cords and non-perishable food

The address for the pick-up point is 3465a Box Hill Corporate Center Drive in Abingdon, near Wegmans. Tom Eberwein said he will be leaving promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, or NCM, at 5300 Fawn Grove Road in Pylesville continues to accept donations of clothing and other essentials for Sandy victims. Anyone interested in donating to NCM can stop by Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. They can be reached by phone at 410-452-8699.

Looney's Pub in Bel Air is also collecting non-perishable food items for the Red Cross for victims in New York and New Jersey.

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