The side porch of the Bedford Wellness Center on Richard street has been turned into an out door warehouse for storm relief supplies. Doctor Ruth Jones says the donations for people who live in the storm ravaged parts of New Jersey and New York have been pouring in. Plans are in place to drive the donations to the affected areas over the weekend.
The desire to help storm victims is behind another donation drive getting underway in the parking lot of the Altoona area Wal-mart plaza. Organizer Sandi Phillips says this relief drive is off to a good start. On Thursday, people stopping by to what they can for those in need.
While the community collection drives give a people a way to contribute, major relief organizations including the American Red Cross say they have no way to quickly ship and process donated items. People that have goods or materials to donate to the storm relief effort are encouraged to contact church or other private organizations that are putting together private relief drives.
While other groups say they can provide the items that are useful in a disaster zone, the American Red Cross says what they need is financial support that can help them with the cost of mounting a major relief effort in the Hurricane zone