by BOB GAETJENS | EDITOR
Streetsboro — A drive to assist Hurricane Sandy victims on the east coast went well, according to organizers.
About a dozen volunteers helped load a 53-foot-long semi-trailer with food, clothing, paper products, sanitary items and more Nov. 16 which will head east to bring aid to residents struck by the superstorm.
“It was incredible,” said organizer Carmen Laudato.
Some of the items were donated by individuals, organizations and businesses; others were purchased by organizers with funds raised at a Nov. 10 fundraising dinner event at Stringz & Wingz in Streetsboro.
“Everything we bought, we bought in Streetsboro,” said Laudato.
The Nov. 10 event raised $4,100, and Michelle Mrakovich the total has risen to just more than $6,000. Of that, she said organizers were able to spend about $4,500 on items to send to the east coast.
She said Home Depot and Giant Eagle were both very helpful, discounting bills by 20 percent.
The fundraiser and donation drive was initially conceived by Tracy Terranova, who received help from Laudato and many others.
Some of the donations included 60 pairs of shoes from Overstock Oasis, two large vans of items from Levin Furniture, $1,000 from the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4300, $1,000 from Brett McClafferty and his family, $1,000 total from Gateway Towing and Allen Alloys which are both owned by Jeff Allen, $600 from the Knights of Columbus, $400 from Steve Kolar and Special Moments Catering which he owns, and 100 cases of food and other items from John Burkey, according to Laudato and organizer Jeff Allen.
“The city of Streetsboro really came through,” said Laudato. “We put this drive together in one week.”
Also helping to organize the dinner fundraiser and donation drive were Michelle Mrakovich, René Fifik, Jeff Allen, Cara Diliberto, Leslie Mitchell, Stringz & Wingz owner Chef Bill Thompson, Cindy Thompson and more.
Semi loaded with aid for hurricane victims