“I truck to New Jersey once a month, twice a month, I know how to get down there,” he said prior to his trip. “I said to a friend of mine, ‘Let’s get some stuff going on.’”
The flamboyant auctioneer and retailer collected a phenomenal quantity of emergency supplies in a short time.
“We collected 6,445 pounds of food and clothing,” Burke told reporter Julie Huss. “It was amazing.”
Neil DeLuca, also of Derry, has organized a relief effort with the help of friends and social networking. Businesses across the state, including the Market Basket supermarket chain, are helping with the relief effort through Operation New Hampshire Cares. Saturday, DeLuca and a small group of volunteers will head to New Jersey with a tractor-trailer packed with food, clothing and toiletries for Sandy victims.
“Food pantries down there are in dire straits,” DeLuca told reporter Doug Ireland. “They are running out of food. The food supply has just been depleted.”
Cub Scouts in Salem are helping as well, making blankets to send to the victims. Polartec of Lawrence donated the material for the blankets.
Unfortunately, the disaster has led to a breakdown in civil order and police in the New York-New Jersey area need help with law enforcement. New Hampshire sent a 12-member State Police team to New Jersey to help with recovery efforts. The Massachusetts State Police sent a detachment of 25 officers, including several from the Andover barracks, to New Jersey in response to a request from that state for help.
The united effort to help our neighbors hard hit by the superstorm is both welcome and encouraging. It’s comforting to know that Americans will lend a helping hand to those in need.
Well done to all involved.