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November 9, 2012

Locals collect supplies for storm victims in NY and NJ

DANVERS — North Shore residents have ramped up efforts to send relief supplies to areas in New York and New Jersey that were pummeled by Hurricane Sandy last week and hit again by this week’s nor’easter.

Several North Shore groups are collecting supplies and donations, and some are planning to drive them down over the weekend.

Cranney Home Services in Danvers is collecting items and sending a truck to the New York area tomorrow.

“They can bring them right here to the storage facility at 24 Water St. in Danvers,” said Gayla Bartlett, manager of Cranney Self Storage. The company is collecting trash bags, bleach, gloves, paper towels, toilet paper, bottled water, diapers, diaper wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, batteries, candles, flashlights, nonperishable food and snacks.

The cutoff for this collection is 5 p.m. today, Bartlett said.

One of those who knows what it is like to lose a house in a hurricane is Tobybeth Barber of Beverly. She is running her own collection in Beverly tomorrow.

Barber lost her house to Hurricane Charley when it hit Port Charlotte in southwestern Florida in 2004. Her family, including her two daughters, then ages 14 and 9, struggled without power and camped in the only room in the house that did not lose its roof. Her youngest had to stay for weeks with relatives in Pennsylvania.

“I cried,” Barber said, when she saw images on TV of the devastation along the Jersey Shore.

Barber will hold a “Fill a Truck” collection tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McPherson Youth Center, 4 McPherson Drive, Beverly. Her plan is to drive the donations to the coastal community of Tom’s River, N.J.

“I have some friends there,” Barber said.

Danvers resident Kristen Davis continues to fill her Locust Street garage with donations. She’s the mother of former Danvers High hockey standout Kyle McCullough, who now lives with his wife in Rockaway, N.Y., a community especially hard-hit by the hurricane.

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