As recovery efforts continue in the New York City/New Jersey area after Hurricane Sandy, efforts continue locally to provide relief to those in need.
• Area letter carriers will collect donations of nonperishable food Saturday to benefit Sandy’s victims according to a media release from the Postal Service’s Albany District.
“This was not on our regular schedule, but neither was Hurricane Sandy,” Albany District Manager Edward F. Phelan Jr. said in the release.
Carriers serving ZIP codes beginning with 120-123, 128-129 and 130-139 will pick up donations of nonperishable food left at mailboxes on Saturday. Glass containers will not be accepted.
• The Delaware Academy Speech and Debate Team is leading school-wide efforts to collect clothing for Sandy victims. Donations of clothing, coats, blankets and outerwear are being collected through Nov. 16 in the school’s main office, and at the Delhi branch of Community Bank.
The donations will be distributed through the Riverside Church in New York City on Nov. 18.
• A group of area residents are gathering donations of needed items for hurricane victims at various locations in the region. A truck will be leaving the area at noon Saturday to take supplies down to New York City; donations need to be dropped off by 11 a.m. Collection points are as follows:
Green Circle Accounting, 209 B Main St., Cooperstown; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday; 547-4138.
Village Hall Gallery, 187 Main St., Sharon Springs; (518) 284-2402.
Chapel Hall, 25 Institute St., Franklin; text (212) 727-2710 or call or text (323) 600-5217 to arrange drop-off.
Organizers said supplies in need include water, batteries, flashlights, canned food, candles, cleaning supplies, bleach, winter clothing, blankets, baby supplies, trash bags, shovels, gloves, masks and instant hand warmers. A full list is available at http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/
• Two benefit events this weekend have been planned to support Sandy relief, sponsored by a new student-faculty group at SUNY Oneonta.
The Oneonta Relief Corps will host a Kids Night Out baby-sitting fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the college’s Chase Gym. Student volunteers will present games, arts and crafts, and other activities. The cost is $15. The group also organized a benefit concert scheduled for Saturday at The Autumn Cafe. The group plans to travel downstate in December to help families rebuild and recover. Donations are being accepted at the college’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community; contact the CSRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 436-2262.