WEIRTON - Twenty boxes filled with items ranging from toilet paper, paper napkins and towels and bars of soap to baby wash, baby powder and baby wipes, shampoo and conditioner were donated to "Weirton Cares" to help victims of Superstorm Sandy along the East Coast and in southern West Virginia.
Tri-State Pharmacy owner J.J. Bernabei presented the donations to city leaders Monday, saying his staff "put together the order and expedited getting it here" after learning about the community project.
"(The mayor) made us aware of the problem. It seemed like a fairly quick way to get help to people in need," Bernabei said Monday. "It's a great way to kick the project off."
HELPING OTHERS — Tri-State Pharmacy donated 20 boxes of supplies Monday to the Weirton Cares Superstorm Sandy relief effort, launched by community leaders last week to aid families along the storm-ravaged East Coast, as well as southern West Virginia. Some of those taking part are, from left, Weirton Mayor George Kondik, Weirton Chamber President Brenda Mull, Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel and Ward 5 Councilman George Gaughenbach who accepted the donations from Tri-State pharmacy tech Lori Roth and Tri-State Pharmacy owner J.J. Bernabei. Dennis Allen of Marsh Pipe & Supply, at right, will drive the delivery van, which was provided by his employer.
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Many communities still lack electricity so organizers are requesting donations of new and gently used blankets this week as well as cash with which to purchase MREs, ready-to-eat meals typically used by the military in the field.
Donations will be accepted during regular business hours at Marsh Pipe & Supply, 3070 Pennsylvania Ave.; WEIR-AM, 2307 Pennsylvania Ave.; and the Millsop Community Center, 3420 Main St.
Checks should be made payable to "Weirton Cares," in care of First Choice America Community Credit Union, where a special "Weirton Cares" account has been established.
WCDK-FM will be broadcasting live from the Community Center Wednesday afternoon. The van will be packed Wednesday evening and depart Thursday, with weekly deliveries planned through the duration of the crisis.
For information, call (304) 797-8501, (304) 748-7212 or (304) 723-1444.
(Harris can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)