McDevitt Trucks of Manchester is lending the tractor-trailer and two drivers for the trip to New Jersey, DeLuca said. He said they expect to visit Staten Island, N.Y., in mid-December to bring any other donations collected.
Polartec of Lawrence and Cub Scout Pack 160 in Salem are helping out as well.
Polartec donated material for blankets the Scouts are making, Deluca said. No one from Polartec or Pack 160 could be reached for comment yesterday.
“It is incredible,” DeLuca said of the volunteer effort.
Local businesspeople said they are to happy to join the effort.
Bea Shay, owner of Oasis Salon By Bea at 18 E. Broadway in Derry, said she heard about the Operation New Hampshire Cares through Facebook. Shay said she put collection boxes in her shop and her customers have returned with donations.
“I’ve had clients bring in coats, blankets and other things,” she said.
Although Sandy caused some damage in Southern New Hampshire, knocking out power to thousands, Shay said local residents are fortunate. She’s been following the media coverage.
“We are lucky, we didn’t get hit (bad),” she said. “When you see it on TV, it’s devastating.”
Representatives for Market Basket said the supermarket chain is glad to help, but is just serving as a collection point. Credit goes to the individual volunteers, they said. The local Market Basket stores are at 265 S. Broadway in Salem and Garden Lane in Londonderry.
Other local drop-off locations include Beantowne Coffee on Route 111 in Hampstead and EFX/Fitness Revolution at 361 S. Broadway in Salem.
Operation New Hampshire Cares is seeking nonperishable food such as canned goods and pastas, sauce, canned tuna and easy-to-make meals. Blankets, pillows, toiletries and warm clothing are also needed, especially jackets, coats, boots, hats, gloves and mittens.
For more information about Operation New Hampshire Cares and where to donate, visit facebook.com/OperationsNHCares.