More than $1,200 in donations have already been collected from local residents and businesses so far for the second trip, as well as two dryers, windows, doors and mattresses.
Unless someone donates use of a truck to transport the items, the money will go toward the cost of renting a U-haul and paying for fuel, Finnegan said.
The second truck will start the drive south to New Jersey on Dec. 19. Martin and Finnegan will continue to collect donations until then.
Compagni, who works with the Red Cross Executive Council in her county, has helped organize the distribution of the donations. Highlands residents can write what they need on a posted community list so they can be more easily matched with an appropriate donation, Martin said.
Small and large appliances are needed, including toasters, blenders, coffee makers, washers and dryers, Martin said. And the list goes on: building supplies, brooms, dustpans, face masks, contractor garbage bags, plastic storage bins, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener, dish detergent, Lysol disinfectant, plastic snow shovels, metal rakes, sponge mops, space heaters and new twin- and queen-sized mattresses and box springs.
“If everyone in the county could just give one thing,” Martin said, “well, it adds up.”
The two seemed determined as they stood in the basement of Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072, where they are storing the donations.
“Our goal is to fill this truck,” Finnegan said.
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HOW TO HELP
Donations will be collected from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072.
Items may also be dropped off at the North Country Club Restaurant in Keeseville.
For more information, call Tonia Finnegan at 569-7202 or Dean Martin at 578-7027.