Andy MattisonSep 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

Putnam officials start donation drive for Hurricane Irma victims

Donation boxes will be set up through county

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Thousands of miles away from Florida and the path of Hurricane Irma, the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce is organizing a drive to help Floridians.

At a press conference in Mahopac on Sunday, the chamber’s chairwoman, Faith Ann Butcher, listed the specific items that will be collected at donation boxes that will be set up throughout the county.

Butcher says donated toiletries, batteries, gloves, socks, feminine products and blankets will be loaded into a truck on Friday for Florida.

"Putnam County is a county of first responders, career and volunteer, and we're all very, very proud of that reputation. So I ask everyone today to contribute. No contribution is too small," said Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odel.

The chamber is partnering with local schools, the Town of Carmel and other organizations including Community Cares, who is looking to collect funds for hurricane relief.

"Think about all the families that are losing everything that they have from their homes. They need fresh water," Community Cares President Amy Sayegh said.

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