A total of 21,629 pounds of food, paper products, diapers, pet products and other necessity items were delivered recently to the Staten Island emergency distribution center to aid those devastated by the recent hurricane to that area.
Western New York responded in a caring way with Regal Service Company, of Ripley providing the truck and trailer to haul the cargo. Their Regal Relief division stepped up by also donating the cost of the fuel to make the trip. The driver, who is also a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and a deacon for the Diocese of Buffalo donated his services to get the load there.
This effort was coordinated by the area's Knights of Columbus Councils including Dunkirk Council 929, Our Lady of Hope Council 3076 in Buffalo, and the Msgr. David Gernatt Council 15113 in Gowanda. The Jamestown collection site was coordinated by St. James Church and Jamestown area Knights of Columbus Council 926.
Volunteers help load a truck from Regal Service Company of Ripley with donations for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Donations were received over the last 10 days and miraculous results provided the needed supplies. Several groups assisted the effort, some were effected by the 2009 flood that devastated our own area, and knew the need would be great.
Others joining the effort were several of the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Buffalo, Chautauqua County 4-H, Cattaraugus County 4-H, Dunkirk Animal Clinic, Gowanda area churches, several businesses, and many neighbors and friends.
The site that received the donations was shocked to see the vast amount of needed items, and were happy to spend the day unloading, and commented throughout how generous this area is to help people they don't even know but helped in such a big way.