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November 5, 2012

Images of Sandy victims moves Andover woman to leap into action


“Imagine if you woke up one day and every thing you owned was gone. This is about bringing together a group of people, finding what they do best to help rebuild the human spirit.”

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts has sent 50 volunteers who will be in New York and New Jersey, said Kat Powers, communications director, said yesterday. They are working operating shelters, as first responders and driving trucks to deliver meals and supplies.

“As the need arises, we get calls and get them there as fast as we can,” Powers said. Each responder spends 14 days volunteering.

“This is not their job, this is their passion,” Powers said. “They are sleeping on cots to make sure everything is going well.”

This weekend, Cardinal Seán O’Malley has authorized churches in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to take a collection to help victims.

O’Malley wants donations in support of the relief efforts to areas devastated by Sandy, particularly in Haiti, Cuba and areas in the Northeast United States. All monies collected will be distributed from the Archdiocese of Boston to the church agencies involved in these relief efforts.

How to help Archdiocese of Boston Parishioners should address their checks to their parish, with "Hurricane Sandy Relief" in the memo. The parish will then send one check payable to the Archdiocese of Boston, with "Hurricane Sandy Relief" in the memo. Checks can be sent to: Attn: Cashier, in care of, Hurricane Sandy Relief, Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, Mass. 02184-3839 Sending Sunshine What: Sending Sunshine is collecting non-perishable food, Gatorade, baby food, cereal and canned good; batteries, flashlights, face masks, powered milk, aspirin, Clorox, peanut butter, power bars, diapers, baby wipes, blankets, hand sanitizer, towels, soap, shampoo, contractor bags and band-aids; gently worn or new clothing including coats, jeans, pajamas, work clothes, packaged underwear, socks and undershirts. When: Nov. 6-11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Drop items at Dundee Park in Andover, first building on the right, 3 Railroad Ave., or mail items to Sending Sunshine, in care of Diane Dillon, 7 Lenox Circle, Andover, MA 01810.

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