MINGO JUNCTION - Residents in New Jersey and New York lost a lot of items during the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. Now members of the Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus, Council 4361, are getting a surge of food and clothing items that will be shipped east on Monday.
The Knights of Columbus hall, 117 Legion Drive, will be open again from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today and Sunday to accept donations. The drive began earlier this week, and Lou Kakascik of the Knights of Columbus said they have "been overwhelmed" with the donations throughout the week.
A box truck from Columbiana County and several pickup trucks pulled up at the hall on Friday afternoon and it was full of about 400 cases of bottled water, clothing and food items.
HELPING SANDY VICTIMS — The Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus, Council 4361, has been overwhelmed with the response from the community to a request for food and clothing to help those on the East Coast impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Items will continue to be collected from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today and Sunday. Helping with the hurricane relief drive are front to back, Toni Pastore of the Joshua Project, Columbiana County, and Knights of Columbus members Lou Kakascik, Richard Herrick and Bill DellaPenna.
Toni Pastore of the Joshua Project in Columbiana County said donations were received from the Destiny House in Calcutta, First United Methodist Church, Lisbon, Wellsville First Christian Church and the Wellsville Nazarene Church. All the items were collected in a week, she said.
Kakascik said he got help from the United Way of Jefferson County on a list of contacts and organizations that can be asked for help.
"We reached out to various organizations. We reached out to schools and churches. The response from them has been overwhelming," he said.
Kakascik said Toronto schools have been collecting canned goods. He said Catholic Central High School brought in a van full of items.
The Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus is collecting canned meats (chicken, beef stew, hearty soups), canned fish (tuna, salmon and sardines), chili, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter in plastic jars, canned vegetables and fruits of all kinds, canned spaghetti sauce, enriched pasta, rice, oatmeal and other breakfast cereals and bottled water.
Undergarments are needed in all sizes. Assorted diapers and baby formula also are requested.
Kakascik said it is a good time to clean out the clothes closets since clothing is needed.
Kakascik said monetary donations for food banks also is being accepted. He said New Jersey food banks are able to buy $10 worth of food for every dollar they are given.
A tractor trailer and other vehicles will pull out of the Knights of Columbus hall at midnight Monday to travel to Hillside, N.J., and Estoria, N.Y.
"I never thought we would get this much. We wanted to do well. It shows how many people in the valley care. We got our own problems, and look how we reached out to help," he said.