GRAFTON, Mass. -- A grassroots organization called "The Karma Truck" is collecting supplies from Grafton residents who wish to help New York and New Jersey residents whose homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Donations can be dropped off at Pepperoni Express Pizza at 92 Worcester Street in Grafton till Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.
Also, two Westborough drop off sites have been added: Amcomm Verizon Wireless store at 200 Union St,Westborough (at the Bay State Common Plaza); and the Amcomm Verizon Wireless, 76 Otis Street, Westborough.
"A college friend and his wife came up with the idea," said Grafton resident Allison O'Brien. "I grew up on the Jersey shore, so I know people who were effected."
There has been a strong outpouring of support from around the eastern seaboard. On Sunday, Walmart delivered six trailer truckloads of dry food and beverages, while PepsiCo brought five trucks with beverages and snacks, to the hard hit area.
But it is the ragtag relief efforts like Karma Truck that has brought the personal touch to those suddenly without food or clothing. The outpouring has been robust and some organized relief efforts are asking for more warm coats as the cold weather rolls in.
The goal is, according to Sean Foley, who started the fundraiser, is to use the "stone soup" model: reach as many people as possible, all making enough small contributions to fill a 26 foot U-Haul truck.
Here is a list of what the Karma Truck is looking for:
- Canned goods / nonperishable food (including powdered milk)
- Blankets, gently used or new.
- Clothing, gently used or new, especially jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats, and socks.
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, etc)
- Baby care items (diapers, formula, etc.)
- Pet food
- Other miscellaneous items : C&D batteries, mag lite flashlights, hand/foot warmers, cleaning supplies, and trash bags
Items they are NOT accepting at this time:
- Used pillows
- Hazardous materials like gasoline
If you wish to donate money, please do so at the charity website of your choice; this relief effort is just looking for supplies.