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Latham Fire Department collecting donations for Sandy victims

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Albany/HV: Latham Fire Department collecting donations for Sandy victims
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First Sandy, then a Nor’easter. People downstate aren't getting a break from Mother Nature. In the Capital Region, many are eager to help them out. Our Megan Cruz was over at the Latham Fire Department, where firefighters are asking people to "fill the truck."

LATHAM, N.Y. -- "Alright, that's all the food."

Not to mention boxes of blankets, clothes, and so much more. The supplies have been coming in steadily since Tuesday, when the Latham Fire Department announced they were taking in donations for those affected by Sandy.

"It's heartwarming to see all these people dropping things off for people they've never met, will never meet," said Neil Blanchard, the assistant chief of the department. He says the supplies will head to Freeport, Long Island this Sunday.

"Our fire chief is actually deployed down there with his job with the State of New York," he said. "These people really have nothing. To bring clothes or something these people are going to want so badly, it's just going to be awesome to be able to help them."

Some essentials are winter clothes, blankets, baby items, and cleaning supplies. The department wasted no time organizing a collection. Neither did Dale Raisig.

"I quickly called my intimate neighbors and they brought over some items and I ran around my house and collected clothes and a few hats," said the West Sand Lake resident.

Raisig wanted to donate was because she has family in New York City.

Jim Robitaille doesn't know anyone down there, but he knows what they're all going through.

"We got flooded out last year by Irene," said the Waterford resident. "I saw that in our own town, what people need, what they've lost, what you can't get back."

Blanchard says you can drop off supplies everyday till Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Then they'll load everything into a Price Chopper truck that was donated to make the delivery. Obviously, there's still a lot more room for people to make donations.

"I'm hoping this helps anyway it can, and that the people that really need it can use it," said Blanchard.

Latham's Fire Department isn't the only organization collecting supplies. Take a look at our blog post to see a list of other local drives.

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