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Businesses do their part to help after Irma, Harvey

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Different businesses have different ways of helping after a hurricane. 

"The restoration effort in Florida now…is probably one of the largest, if not the largest electric restoration effort ever," said Joe Dixon, PPL Electric Utilities spokesman. 

PPL is part of two voluntary mutual assistance networks.

The networks are made up of electric companies from all around the country, that agree to send workers and trucks to help get the power on when others in the network are in need.

"We have sent a total of about 380 people, most of those are contractor personnel," said Nixon. 

It's dangerous, hard work, and often the workers are out in the field 16 hours a day.

But, it eventually comes full circle.

"Case in point, 2012 Hurricane Sandy we had help from 10 other states," said Nixon. 

For other businesses, charity is the way to go. 

Jaindl Farms, for instance, is selling turkeys and A-TREAT at a special relief benefit. 

"We felt the best thing for us to do is to raise some money, because obviously sending turkeys down there doesn't make a lot of sense," said Jaindl president & CEO David Jaindl.

His family company owns the turkey farm in Orefield, and A-TREAT, among several other ventures.

They're having a sale at the farm this week, located at 3150 Coffeetown Road, to help victims in Texas and Florida.

People will be able to buy fresh turkeys, frozen turkey breasts, and cases of A-TREAT, with money from the sales going to the Red Cross. 

"Every penny of sales goes to these efforts," said Jaindl.

The charity sale will run Friday from 12pm-4pm, and Saturday from 8am-12pm. 

Jaindl said philanthropy is part of his family business. 

"It was always important to my dad. And my mother," he said. "We thought that this particular donation made a lot of sense."

These aren't the only two; a long list of companies from our area are helping in the hurricane efforts in their own, different ways. 

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