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Some Sandy Donations Not Wanted

Donations are rolling into New York and New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, but some relief experts say the things being given are not always what’s needed.

Hurricane Sandy Donations
Hurricane Sandy Donations (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)

James McGowan of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster says donated clothing can take up a lot of space and volunteers’ time to organize.

He says money is best. But if people insist on giving items, though should donate through an effort connected with a relief group that will do distribution work.

Concern for disaster victims has inspired many spontaneous efforts to send trucks full of donated items to hard-hit areas. The Mount Laurel, N.J., Fire Department accepted enough donations in a 24-hour period to fill up 11 trucks.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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