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November 13, 2012

Collections under way to help downstate victims

Local initiatives to provide relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are continuing this week, with one event planned for the Holiday Inn in Oneonta on Thursday and several ongoing efforts.

The Holiday Inn, in partnership with Main Street Baptist Church, will collect relief supplies Thursday at the hotel until 8 p.m. The collected items will be taken to Recovery House of Worship in Brooklyn.

The group, led by Ray Ramos, reaches out to recovering addicts on Brooklyn, Coney Island, Staten Island and the Bronx. Ramos has spoken before several church and college groups in Oneonta, said Rick Myers, a member of Main Street Baptist helping to organize the drive.

Myers and Tifanne Wells of the Oneonta Holiday Inn will be interviewed about the relief effort at 8 a.m. today on WZOZ-FM, WSRK-FM and WDOS-AM.

WSRK plans to broadcast live from the Holiday Inn on Thursday.

Among the items being requested are winter coats, hats, gloves, nonperishable food, hygiene products, toys, school supplies, diapers, baby formula and powdered milk.

The Don Marsh Agency has underwritten the cost of a 26-foot Penske rental truck to take the collected items to Brooklyn.

Catholic Charities appeal

Catholic Charities of the Albany Diocese has been working in downstate New York and New Jersey and said, “The effects of Hurricane Sandy are far worse than any of us could have imagined.”

As a result, its resources are spread thin, the group said in a press release, and it is asking for assistance. All funds collected will be used for the “immediate humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable,” the charity said.

Checks can be made out to Catholic Charities Sandy Relief and sent to Catholic Charities, 40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203. Online donations can be made at

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