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Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Monday, 12 November 2012

Paxton Van Lines (PVL) has partnered with, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day-Saints (LDS), and The Great Falls Rotary Club (GFRC) to help provide relief and support, to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York and New Jersey area.

Over the weekend of 11/9-11/11 The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day-Saints conducted a clothing drive in the Montgomery County area of Maryland. At the same time, The Great Falls Rotary Club members donated items at a collection point set up, in Great Falls, Virginia.

The generosity of the GFRC, and the LDS community was overwhelming. The items were collected from the collection points set up in Virginia and Maryland and taken to a central receiving point in Germantown, Maryland, where the items were sorted by gender and size, then repacked into boxes for shipment. This resulted in two 51’ trailers being loaded with over 800 boxes of donated items.

The efforts of Paxton Van Lines employees Bill Paxton, Boudris Oubrahim, Lakhbir Singh, Vytas Janascius, Reggie James, David Lazo, and Santiago Sanchez were monumental in getting things picked up and delivered to their destinations.

The work done by the LDS was without exception, first class in all respects. Rebecca Probst, Robyn Smith, Jack McFadden,and Marlowe Leafty all went above and beyond in their efforts to bring this all together. The management and organizational skills that these folks demonstrated during this effort, was nothing short of miraculous. It is also important to note that there were many volunteers from the LDS, and GFRC who helped in the clothing drives, and collection of cleaning products and toiletries. This all would not have been possible without their help as well.

Additionally, PVL has partnered with Move for Hunger to provide transportation services for a food drive that is being held this week in an Arlington County school . We will again be transporting items for LDS, and Move for Hunger to the New York, New Jersey area affected by the hurricane.

Paxton Van Lines Office Moving Division will be providing a van and a driver, to the Ocean City Maryland Chamber of Commerce/FEMA this weekend, for transportation of donated items from Northern Virginia, to the areas on the Maryland Easter Shore that were affected by the hurricane as well.

The “Superstorm Sandy” has brought about a “Super effort”, by some tremendous organizations and people, to help their fellow man. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in these projects.

Kevin C.

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