Here's how to help victims of Sandy

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We’ve seen the pictures of houses in New Jersey and New York completely destroyed, plowed off their foundations, burned to the ground. We’ve seen the images of entire neighborhoods covered in a sea of sand after Hurricane Sandy barreled across the region, punishing all in her path.

We’ve seen the pictures and what have we done? Talked to neighbors about the carnage? Post links to our facebook pages? Feel some faint pang of discomfort for those hammered by the storm while we recline on our sofas?

Now there’s something we can do to help.

A woman at a real estate office in Bristol is asking for local people to help with a donation drive for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Lisa Foster posted a message to a facebook page asking for donations of clothing — from infant clothes to adult items — shoes, boots, hats, towels, toiletries, diapers, baby formula, batteries, flashlights and more. “The FDNY/NYPD need you ... 400 families Breezy Point and other low-lying areas have NOTHING ... they lost EVERYTHING!”

People can bring donations to the Exit Harborside Realty office at 13 State St. in Bristol up until Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. Volunteers will truck the items to a fire department in Lincoln where a crew will then move all the donations to people hit hardest by the monster storm.

Ms. Foster asked that people not donate toys or perishable food at this time, and that all items be bagged or boxed.

“I know it’s short notice, but we need your help!” she wrote.

For more information about the donation drive, call 837-2333.

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