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Patch & AOL Send Hurricane Sandy Relief Trucks to Long Island, New Jersey

Employees help out, and you can, too.

It's been said it's far better to have a neighbor who's near than a brother who's far away, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Americans across the nation have proven to be the best neighbors and the strongest of families.

This past weekend, AOL and Patch employees took an opportunity to pitch in, packing two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles, VA, and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island.

Want to join the relief efforts? Click here to donate: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol

"When a catastrophe of this size hits, we all feel it, both the hundreds of us who live in the impacted towns, and our colleagues who are watching and wishing they could help more. So for us AOLers and Patchers, it feels like a relief and a privilege to get to help out in such a big, immediate way," said Patch Chief Content Officer Rachel Fishman Feddersen.

The AOL trucks will arrive in New Jersey on Monday and Long Island the next day. The deliveries will include many of the essentials residents most need, such as bottled water, blankets, batteries, canned soup, disposable diapers, baby formula and more.

The trucks are rolling as residents in areas such as the Jersey Shore, Staten Island and Long Island are still coping with the aftermath of the hurricane. Hundreds of thousands are still without power, the area transit systems are crippled, and gas lines can go on for miles, as motorists desperately try to fill their cars and residents look to fill gas cans in order to keep generators humming in near-freezing temperatures.

You can join us in the relief efforts. To Donate to Hurricane Sandy Disaster relief, click here: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol

Jim Aspen November 06, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Patch is doing more than the President.
Tammy Osier November 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Was it NY or NJ that turned away trucks from Alabama because they weren't union? That's why we have to get rid of any politician bought off by unions.
Kim Roberto November 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Tammy - that is a rumor. I had heard it too and was very upset. I'm from the Jersey Shore and figured that was too harsh for them to do, but knowing the unions up there, it "could" have been done. I'm am glad to hear it turned out to be false. See below; Jersey Shore Hurricane News ‎#njsandy Despite Gov. Christie's assurance that line crews from Alabama were not turned away from New Jersey, the misinformation is still spreading. Direct from Alabama Power (link is provided below): "A Note About New Jersey We've seen a number of news reports about electric line crews that are being turned away in the state of New Jersey, on the grounds that the crews are non-union. Rest assured, our Alabama Power crews have not been turned away from anywhere. Our employees are proudly representing us in several states that have been affected, and have received a warm reception everywhere they've been." http://alabamapowernews.com/private/ogaojGiFnx
Tammy Osier November 06, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I'm with you. My first thought was no way that can be true. But, unfortunately, that's the reputation that unions have gotten. That's why I'm voting as I am. It's time to shut down corruption. It shows the greatness of America when people as far south as Alabama want to help their fellow man. The same thing happened during Katrina and during the tsunami's in the Phillipines. America really is the greatest nation on earth and we need to stand proud.
Jim Aspen November 08, 2012 at 10:22 PM
When can we expect some action on the matter? Forgotten by FEMA: Staten Island's Sandy victims vent over lack of aid Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/08/volunteers-step-in-for-fema-in-storm-ravaged-nyc-borough/#ixzz2BfeR8lEi
Jim Aspen November 09, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Did Obama go back to Vegas.
Jim Aspen November 10, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Well where is Obama? Is he doing anything now? Certainly the campaign is over so nothing is in the way for him to help these poor people.
Sportsfan November 10, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Obama is on the back nine
Mr. B November 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
His schedule says he's going to Myranmar, Thailand, and Bangladesh. Maybe he doesn't know where NJ is. Maybe the US did something that he needs to apologize for.

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