The Murray Rotary Club has started the area's first relief effort for victims of Hurricane Sandy calling it "Operation Rotary Relief." The local civic club unanimously endorsed the aid effort at their Thursday meeting and the push to fill a first PTL semi trailer will start on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Pagliai's Restaurant.
This truckload of items will be destined for Freeport , NY , a community about 10 miles inland from the hard hit coast. The relief effort has quickly grown into a regional Rotary partnership with Paducah, Metropolis, Illinois and other area clubs.
The PTL trailer will also be open in Murray on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. before heading to Paducah on Wednesday to receive additional donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paducah donations should meet the trailer at the Carson Center Parking Lot C.
"Rotarians Keith Travis and Kenny Darnell brought the idea to the club and everyone is on board to start this project right away," said local Rotary President, Tab Brockman. "Our fellow Rotarians in Paducah and the region are embracing this effort to make it a true regional effort to supply the basic relief items so desperately needed in NY."
Starting at 1 p.m. Sunday the following items will be accepted: donations of cash to cover transportation costs to NY (about $1,200), winter clothes, non-perishable food items, blankets, tarps or plastic rolls, tents, plywood sheets, work gloves, generators, chain saws and hand tools.
"We've talked to Rotarians in hard-hit Freeport , NY and their club will have a staging area set up to receive and distribute our materials and any other donations," said Travis. "You just can't imagine the devastation that's been described to us.
"Their town has been destroyed and they are without food, shelter or basic necessities," Travis said. "The situation in Freeport is repeated all up and down the northeast but we were able to make contact with Rotary in that community first and get this effort together. There as so many more communities in this same situation, but we had to start somewhere. If local response results in the need to fill more trucks our area Rotarians will do our best to make it happen."
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