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November 6, 2012

Danvers native finds truckload of relief

Long Island couple receive donations here to bring to area hit hard by storm

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The paper and packaging distribution company where Kyle works as a buyer is in New Jersey. It survived but is without power.

The couple, who met while Kyle, a hockey standout at Danvers High and UMass Dartmouth, was playing professional hockey with the farm system of the New Jersey Devils, evacuated to relatives in Brooklyn during the storm.

“There are a lot more people worse off than us, so that is why we are doing the best we can to get down there and help people out,” McCullough said. “We have friends walking the streets with no shoes, no jackets, absolutely nothing.”

Their truckload of supplies came by way of Kyle’s mother, Kristen Davis, who put up a request on Facebook for donations for the Rockaway community, a place that lost firefighters and police in the attacks of Sept. 11 and witnessed further tragedy when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed into the neighborhood on Nov. 12, 2001.

“I said, my son is home safely, but they are heading back. ... They are going to pack some things in their car. They need bleach, gloves, little things, if anyone is willing to donate,” Davis said. “And then people started coming and kept coming. ... Fifteen minutes after I posted, we had people here.”

The donations streamed in continuously from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. They kept coming on Sunday morning.

Some came from as far away as Waltham and filled Davis’ garage. The Danvers Falcon Marching Band showed up with bags of donations. All she had was one small sign on her house that said she was accepting donations.

“I finally had to say, ‘You have to stop, because now I can’t get the stuff back,” said Davis, who works in the Probate Court in Salem.

Brian Dalton of Danvers offered to rent a truck and drive it to Rockaway. Yesterday, with the help of Dalton’s neighbor Amy LeBlanc, they loaded up the truck for the journey to Rockaway.

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