KINGSTON – A 48-foot trailer filled with donated items for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York City surprisingly returned only partially empty.
About 70 percent of items donated locally in a drive coordinated by Rhondi Nachlis and Temple B'nai B'rith in Kingston earlier this month were delivered to distribution centers in Coney Island and Brooklyn.
What returned were hundreds of bags filled with blankets and clothes. Many of the items have price tags on them.
Most centers stopped accepting clothing and we collected an abundance of clothing and blankets, said Rabbi Roger Lerner on Friday. Centers in the storm-damaged communities were so inundated with blankets and clothes, they couldn't deal with it all. It wasn't a matter of failure by anyone, but they didn't have the facilities to coordinate the sorting and distribution.
Marva Myslak, whose husband Sonny provided and drove the tractor-trailer to New York, said to keep true to the drive to help storm ravaged communities of New York and New Jersey, members of Temple B'nai B'rith came up with another idea.
We're going to have a rummage sale and bake sale on Sunday to sell the items that were returned with the money going to the victims, Myslak said.
Myslak said about 30 volunteers will help sort the returned items on Saturday with the sale to kick off at 9 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Temple B'nai B'rith.
Donations from the community quickly filled the trailer earlier this month with help from the Wyoming Valley West Middle School student council and area businesses. The trailer was filled to capacity with food, water, Gatorade, cleaning supplies, clothes and blankets.
We were able to unload about 70 percent of the trailer at Coney Island USA and in Brooklyn, Lerner said. It was a very successful drive. We have to deal with what remains and we came up with the rummage sale.
What: Rummage and bake sale to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey
When: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Temple B'nai B'rith, 408 Wyoming Ave., Kingston