Donations sought for Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian

The Empire Recycling companies are partnering with Keeler in the Morning of WIBX to collect donations for the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 12:16 PM

NEW HARTFORD – The Empire Recycling companies are partnering with Keeler in the Morning of WIBX to collect donations for the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

The donation drive is taking place today, Thursday, Sept. 12, until 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Hannaford, 4593 Commercial Dr., New Hartford.


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The Empire Recycling Corporation and its subsidiaries partnered with Keeler in the Morning of WIBX to organize the event. Employees from both companies are on site to help unload donations.

“The devastation that was left in Hurricane Dorian’s path is unimaginable,” said Steven Kowalsky, president of Empire Recycling Corporation. “With one of our companies specializing in intermodal shipping, we knew we had the ability to ship donations to those in desperate need.  And working together with the generosity of our community, we will be bringing relief to the areas that need it the most.”

While people are free to bring items to the location today, they can also donate items over the next few days.

"If anyone has stuff, they can call the erl intermodel office and we can arrange to have stuff stowed, the truck will not leave til the middle of next week," said Steve Sperbeck, general anager of ERL Intermodal.

They will also accept cash donations, which can be made by calling the ERL Intermodal office at: 315-735-9870.

Items needed include:

  • non-perishable food, water,
  • baby supplies (diapers, formula, wipes)
  • cleaning supplies (bleach, mops, brooms, masks, sponges, disinfectants)
  • unused blankets
  • mosquito nets
  • cots
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • deet-free bug repellent
  • hygiene items (tissue, toothpaste, toothbrush, towels, soap and sanitary napkins)
  • new socks and underwear
  • new clothes
  • paper products (toilet paper and paper towels)
  • rubber gloves
  • trash bags
  • shovels
  • plastic sheeting
  • chain saws
  • cooking utensils
  • disposable items (plates, cups, forks, and spoons)
  • portable radios
  • first-aid items, including bandages.

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