Sandy: Didn't Use It? Donate It (With Pictures)

By Haley Burton

October 30, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM EST

Sidney, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Many people stocked up on supplies in anticipation of Sandy. What do you do with all of those "leftovers"?

A community in the Southern Tier is coming together to put them to good use.

Supplies by the car load were unloaded outside a home on Bridge Street in Sidney on Tuesday. Excess emergency supplies to some in the Southern Tier will be relief to others in New York after Sandy.

"I just woke up this morning and was happy to see we didn't get the destruction we had in 2006 and 2011 and realized everyone had gone out and bought these supplies," said Sue Darling, Oneonta, "After looking at all of the devastation New York City had been experiencing with the floods and fires, it was heartbreaking."

Darling got ahold of her friends and put out a post on Facebook asking people to donate their unused supplies to help those in New York City and the Long Island areas.

I thought, 'Oh my God', we have these supplies and they helped us in the past. We need to help them," she explained.

Darling received an overwhelming response. Her friend, Crystal Artis of Sidney, immediately offered her garage at her home in Sidney for a drop-off location and storage.

"I was involved in both floods. I was flooded here. Luckily, not the first floor of mess but there was a big mess," said Artis, "It's just the best feeling in the world when someone pulls up in a vehicle that you don't know and says 'You look hungry. Do you want some soup or a sandwich? Here's some water.' So I'm giving back. This is my time to help."

On Tuesday morning, people from Sidney, Bainbridge and Oneonta stopped by with supplies to donate.

"I brought a lot of clothes, baby clothes, some food we had left over, some diapers, blankets, some books for kids to read," said Christy Carvin, Sidney.

The supplies will be stored in Artis' garage. She is looking for an organization to pick it up and deliver it to those in need.

"If there are any organizations out there that can help, that would be great," said Artis.

If you would like to help, you can contact Sue Darling at (607) 563-7012. Supplies can be dropped off at Artis's home at 12 Bridge Street, Sidney or at Century 21 Chesser Realty, 416 Chestnut Street, Oneonta.

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