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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Superstorm Sandy donations
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Southern States Automotive and Raleigh Residents Share are collecting all kinds of household items for those troubled by Hurricane Sandy.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Doris May is donating pillows and linens for survivors of Superstorm Sandy. She didn't see much of the storm, but knows the effects all too well.
She says, "My son, which had four feet of water in Hoboken, was without water for eight days. They didn't have a hot meal for eight days. He's a diabetic, so he lost his medication in the refrigerator."

Teaming up with Southern States Automotive, the group Raleigh Residents Share, is collecting all kinds of household items, from pots and pans, to bedding and linens, and even small appliances.

Raleigh Residents Share’s Christy Dunn says, "Most people haven't even started getting back into their homes yet. So, the real need is going to come in the spring and summer and fall."

They do not have canned goods or clothing at this drive. Dunn says, "People think to send food and clothes, and they've had an abundance of that. We thought that if you lost your home and you had to start all over again, what would be the items that would consume cash very quickly."

Preston Jones says, "As you can see here, the group has already collected thousands of towels. One thing they're not taking is money. They'd rather you go out and buy something or pull something out of the closet to send to Long Island."

Among the items donated, many have sentimental value. Dunn says, "Mary Howard from Newport shipped this to us. She writes ‘Thank you for helping so many people.’ My mother-in-law would be so proud. She made the quilt in 1991."

Whether you're donating a homemade quilt or a toaster oven, it's a donation people like. Doris May is proud to donate pillows and linens. May says, "Because it touched my life, it means a lot for me to do what I can do to help other families."

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