Friday, December 19, 2014

New Hartford native to return home to Staten Island with truckload of Hurricane Sandy Recovery donations

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Central New York native, who now lives in Staten Island, was back home this weekend. She returned home to get her kids away from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

Now, Danielle Ng will return home downstate with a truckload of donations, that local people gathered to send her with.

Thousands of people lost everything and Danielle thought she could fill her car with the donations. But so many people showed up, she needed to rent a truck to fit it all.

Ng said, "I am so overwhelmed with the support. What these people are doing for us, I had no idea I put something out on Facebook to a few friends and I was just hoping to fill whatever room I had left in my car. When I was going to go back home and the amount of people showed up in such a short period of time it's overwhelming. I'm so grateful and I just can't believe it."

Danielle's husband is a New York City police officer. The NYPD and U-Haul are covering the cost of the rental.

Ng collected many of the donations in the parking lot of the New Hartford Shopping Center over the weekend. She plans to return home to Staten Island to distribute them on Monday.

Ng's is just one local recovery effort that took place over the weekend. Another has extended their efforts into the coming week. If you would like to donate to Hurricane Sandy recovery, The Other Side in Utica will be open every day this week for drop-offs. Their hours are 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The type of items needed is changing as well. The focus is less on clothes and more on items like cleaning supplies, batteries, baby items, baby food, formula and diapers. There iss also a need for socks and underwear.

The Other Side is located across from the Uptown Theater on Genesee Street in Utica.