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Many impacted by Sandy now helping others in need

Published On: Nov 05 2012 05:03:23 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 05 2012 05:21:23 PM CST

Many who have weathered Sandy in our region are turning their attention to those who are still suffering.

With devastation come donations, enough to fill a trailer at the Bethlehem Twp. Volunteer Fire Co.

"I came 'cause I have some stuff I want to donate to these people who are really homeless, hungry, thirsty and cold," said Euginea Vasiliadis, of Nazareth, Northampton Co.

The fire station has been taking donations on behalf of a former volunteer, who now works for the New York Fire Department.

The jackets, shirts and supplies are for those suffering in Queens and Rockaway, N.Y., as result of Hurricane Sandy.

"With the shelters and 600 firefighter-related families that has lost everything, he asked is there anything we can do," said Ryan Hoff, of Bethlehem Township's EMS.

Ali Brown, of Washington Twp., Lehigh Co., doesn't know anyone on Staten Island, but he has a van full of supplies for anyone there who needs them.

"I was frustrated that I had no power till Friday night. Moment got power back on I decided I have to figure out a way to help," Brown said.

Bethlehem's Gabriella Toedter is from New Jersey. She's soon headed there with her own car full of Sandy supplies..

"Socks, blankets and gloves we've been asking for because it's supposed to get cold," Toedter said.

Toedter and Brown both used Facebook to rally support.

The Red Cross is not taking any local donations for Hurricane Sandy, so any donations, no matter the size, has a big impact.

"We didn't know, honestly didn't know what the turnout would be, but the word being described now is overwhelmed by the turnout. Simply amazing," Hoff said.