Update: Grafton 'Karma Truck' Heading to NY, NJ For Sandy Relief

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The Karma Truck will be sending relief supplies to New York and New Jersey Photo Credit: Courtesy of Karma Truck

GRAFTON, Mass. -- A grassroots organization called "The Karma Truck" is collecting supplies from Grafton residents who wish to help New York and New Jersey residents whose homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. 

Donations can be dropped off at Pepperoni Express Pizza at 92 Worcester Street in Grafton till Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.

Also, two Westborough drop off sites have been added: Amcomm Verizon Wireless store at 200 Union St,Westborough (at the Bay State Common Plaza); and the  Amcomm Verizon Wireless, 76 Otis Street, Westborough. 

"A college friend and his wife came up with the idea," said Grafton resident Allison O'Brien. "I grew up on the Jersey shore, so I know people who were effected."

There has been a strong outpouring of support from around the eastern seaboard.  On Sunday, Walmart delivered six trailer truckloads of dry food and beverages, while PepsiCo brought five trucks with beverages and snacks, to the hard hit area.

But it is the ragtag relief efforts like Karma Truck that has brought the personal touch to those suddenly without food or clothing. The outpouring has been robust and some organized relief efforts are asking for  more warm coats as the cold weather rolls in. 

The goal is, according to Sean Foley, who started the fundraiser, is to use the "stone soup" model: reach as many people as possible, all making enough small contributions to fill a 26 foot U-Haul truck.  

Here is a list of what the Karma Truck is looking for:

  • Canned goods / nonperishable food (including powdered milk)
  • Water 
  • Blankets, gently used or new.
  • Clothing, gently used or new, especially jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats, and socks.
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, etc)
  • Baby care items (diapers, formula, etc.)
  • Pet food
  • Other miscellaneous items : C&D batteries, mag lite flashlights, hand/foot warmers, cleaning supplies, and trash bags

Items they are NOT accepting at this time:

  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Used pillows
  • Hazardous materials like gasoline

If you wish to donate money, please do so at the charity website of your choice; this relief effort is just looking for supplies.

For more information about Karma Truck visit their website or Facebook page .   

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AllisonO:

All - just a few updates. Thanks to Lucky at Pepperoni Express we now have a collection area in Grafton. I set-up some signs and a spot there tonight and I will be going by and picking up items between now and 6pm Friday night.

Also we have heard that the biggest needs right now are for:
1.Clean Up Supplies: C&D Batteries, Maglite flashlights, Hand/Foot warmers, cleaning supplies, trash bags, surgical gloves, masks.
2.Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, deodorant etc)
3.Canned Goods / Nonperishable Food (including powdered milk)
4.Baby Care items (Diapers, formula etc)

Thank you to any and all who can help!

Bergeron Creative:

The Karma Truck posted the drop off for Grafton is Pepperoni Express on RT. 140. Thank you P Express!

AllisonO:

Thank you all. I will try to find a Grafton business that will accept things on my behalf and I can collect from there. In the meantime, 2 Westborough locations have been added:

Amcomm Verizon Wireless, Westborough (200 Union St/Bay State Common)
Amcomm Verizon Wireless, Westborough (76 Otis Street)

Stay tuned...

Bergeron Creative:

Please let us know the drop off location in Grafton. Thank you.

bcjsb501:

I grew up in New York and have many friends who were affected by this. I would love to help in any way I can. Please let me know how I can help and what I can do. I feel so helpless knowing of all the devastation that has taken place. I just need direction. Thanks. Christine Bishop

nipmuc:

let me know where to drop off in the grafton area

AllisonO:

Hi G'town mom,

Thanks for the interest.
I am working on finding a collection spot in town. I will also pick-up items for you if you like.

-A

Gtown mom:

Why is there no pickup in grafton?

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