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Collection drive at Allentown Farmers Market gathers donations to help Hurricane Sandy victims

Donations collected for NJ victims of Hurricane Sandy

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A three-day donation drive is underway at the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

All collections will be sent straight to New Jersey to help with ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

A 16-foot truck is being packed full of supplies and will then be driven over to New Jersey.

If you're wondering what to donate, people say just think of something you would want if you didn't have power for 11 days.

"Bottles and gallons of water, C and D batteries, flashlights, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning rags, cleaning supplies," said Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer's Market spokesperson Mary Maclean.

The Lehigh Law Enforcement Officers Association and the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer's Market have teamed up to collect the donations.

The truck is located in the market parking lot.

"I just think that it's important to have companies like ours, like the Farmers Market, and groups like the Allentown Fairgrounds that want to get together and really do whatever we can to provide," said Courtney Robinson of the Lehigh Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Some people are bringing more than just necessities.

Joan Holzman says she is downsizing at her home and instead of having a yard sale she wanted the items to go to people who need it most.

"Those poor people have lost everything. A lot of them have lost everything. Plus it's cold out and they're out in the cold with their kids and everything else," said Holzman.

"We were very lucky in this. We had damage but nothing like what was seen in New York and New Jersey," said Robinson.

The truck will be at the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer's Market until Saturday.  You can drop off donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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