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Hamilton County seeks Hurricane Sandy relief donations Nov. 20-27

— Although it has been almost three weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit, the need for relief remains great.

Many people still have no home, no heat, no food or basic necessities. Hamilton County Sheriff Karl G. Abrams is holding a donation drive to collect most needed items for the people of New York City, Long Island, and the surrounding New York counties that were severely impacted by the storm.

The donation drive is part of a statewide effort organized by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association in cooperation with the Salvation Army. Sheriffs’ offices around the state will collect donations of essential items during Thanksgiving week and the Sheriffs’ Association will coordinate delivery of the supplies to the Salvation Army for distribution to those in need.

“This week, as we celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks for all of our blessings, it is a great time for us to reach out to the people of our state who have been hit so hard by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and share our blessings with them,” Abrams said.

Donations will be accepted at Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Hamilton County Jail between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 pm beginning on Tuesday, November 20 and ending on Tuesday, November 27. The sheriffs’ offices are collecting the items listed below. For health reasons, donated items such as towels and blankets should be new. For logistical reasons, donations of used items, such as clothing and furniture, are not being collected at this time.

•New, inexpensive towels

•New, inexpensive blankets

•Flashlights

•Batteries

•Toiletries

•Non-perishable foods

•Cleaning supplies

•Work gloves

•Garbage bags

•Baby wipes/diapers

•Cases of water

The sheriff’s office does not have the ability to accept monetary donations. To donate directly to the Salvation Army, please mail a donation to: The Salvation Army, 117 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. (NYSSA) is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934, for the purpose of assisting sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of sheriffs’ services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed sheriffs of New York State.

Visit www.nysheriffs.org.

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