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New Hampshire

November 9, 2012

N.H. steps up to help Sandy victims

Granite State reaches out to Garden State after storm

The lights are back on in Southern New Hampshire and now residents are reaching out to help those truly devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Bill Burke, owner of Dollar Bill’s Discount World in Derry, is heading to New Jersey tomorrow to deliver a truckload of donated goods.

”I truck to New Jersey once a month, twice a month. I know how to get down there,” he said. “I said to a friend of mine, ‘Let’s get some stuff going on.’”

Burke is accepting all donations until 9 tonight. The business is located at 133 Rockingham Road (Route 28) in Derry.

”This is still so new,” Burke said. “There’s no food down there. The food pantries are empty.”

Windham fire Lt. Jay Moltenbrey just returned from New York City as part of a search-and-rescue task force with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

”We were seeing boats in roadways, cars inside houses, very similar to some of the images that came back from Katrina,” Moltenbrey said. “There were city blocks where there was nothing left anymore.”

Power is still out in many parts of the region.

”Ppeople who lost everything are starting from scratch,” Moltenbrey said.

Some are having difficulty doing that, according to Burke.

”Say you’re in New Jersey, and your house is blown off the market. You have no home to go to,” he said. “You’re in the shelter, wearing the same clothes you wore the other day.”

When Burke leaves tomorrow morning, he’s hoping to have enough pallets of donated items to bring two trucks with him. There isn’t anything he will turn away.

”They don’t just need food,” he said. “They need pillows. They need gloves. They need sweatshirts. They need the basic things we have every day.”

Students, too, are doing their part. West Running Brook and Gilbert H. Hood Middle Schools in Derry put out a call to the community.

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