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Hudson Valley residents lend helping hand to NYC Sandy storm victims

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Folks in the Hudson Valley lend a helping hand to New York City residents decimated by Sandy. YNN's Elaina Athans tells us about the elaborate effort that brought dozens of volunteers together.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- A community rallied to help other New Yorkers whose lives were turned upside by Hurricane Sandy.

"It was overwhelming," said Orange County Deputy Fire Coordinator Charlie Piper. "The lines at the fire houses where like gas lines at the gas stations. Just everybody was lined up to give whatever they could."

People with nothing will soon have something thanks to a massive drive. Nine fire companies, the Town of Newburgh Police Department and the Town of Newburgh EMS joined forces and collected items.

Even young ones where helping out to offer relief to storm victims.

"If they don’t have clothes, you can like give them to them," said Kayley Hager, 9, a Newburgh resident.

Clothing, toiletries, diapers, food, water, and cleaning supplies were all packed up.

"We asked mainly for winter stuff, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, but we ended up getting just about everything," said Piper.

The donations are going to southern Staten Island, an area hit particularly hard by the storm and where folks have felt underserved.

"They said they haven’t seen the Red Cross yet, so this is the type of area that we want to go to," said Piper.

"It’s all needed obviously. You see the devastation that’s on the TV news at night about Staten Island, Queens, and other areas. Those people are just desperately in need," said Town of Newburgh Police Chief Michael Clancy.

And the community's generosity to give to people in need was triple the amount than what organizers anticipated.

“We’ll get another truck and whatever it takes to bring it all down, we’ll do it," said Piper.

The first truckload will be heading out of Newburgh on Monday, with other trips to follow.

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