Two trucks from Truckin4Troops readying to head to North Carolina. (Courtesy of Truckin4Troops Facebook)

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is helping collect donations that will aid rescue workers in the Carolina Coastal area in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

The sheriff’s office is collaborating with Truckin4Troops and Tryon’s Transfer to send aid to Camp4Heroes, Inc. The camp is normally a retreat for veterans and first responders in Fairmont, North Carolina, but since the storm it has been operating as a hub for rescuers aiding in relief efforts. They are providing shelter, meals and showers to fire, police, EMS and rescue workers.

Truckin4Troops is towing travel campers behind two of their trucks. The campers will provide sleeping quarters, shower accessibility and air condition for rescuers in North Carolina.

The sheriff’s office asking community members to help pitch in needed supplies. The first supply run will be this weekend.

“This is an opportunity to give back to the heroes that are out helping others, risking their lives, and sacrificing their time for the greater good. Even from a distance we can show our support,” Sheriff Ken Lansing said in a news release.

Donations can be dropped off at the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office at 779 Warren Road, Ithaca. At certain times, the Newfield Masonic Temple, at 186 Main St., Newfield, is also taking donations.

What items are needed:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Coolers
  • Dining items (Utensils, Paper plates, Cups, Napkins, etc…)
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Toiletries (Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, etc…)
  • First-aid Supplies (Band aids, Gloves, Gauze, etc…)
  • Bedding Materials (Pillows, Blankets, Sheets, Sleeping bags, etc…)
  • Batteries
  • Baby Supplies (Diapers, Baby wipes, etc…)

When to drop off donations in Newfield

  • Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 21 from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The latest the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office can take donations is Sept. 27. The main lobby is open 24/7. People who want to donate outside of business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) can go to the Corrections Division window and a corrections officer will be available to assist.

Anyone with further questions about the relief effort can contact Karen Trask at 607-255-8581 or 607-339-5517.

Featured image: Two trucks from Truckin4Troops readying to head to North Carolina. (Courtesy of Truckin4Troops Facebook)

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.