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Local nonprofit sending tractor trailer full of items to Hurricane Florence victims

September 18, 2018 11:13 PM

ALBANY – A nonprofit in the Capital Region is pitching in to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

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Jezreel International is a humanitarian aid organization.  It’s located on Interstate Avenue in Albany and it’s planning to send down a tractor trailer full of items to North and South Carolina. The Executive Director said he’s been in touch with several churches down there.

"We've already gotten our first email back from one of them and they're all excited about us being able to help all the way from Albany,” said Jezreel Executive Director and Founder Barry Feinman.

Some of the major items the churches said they need include bottled water, cleaning supplies and children’s products. Jezreel said it’s always looking for donations.

"We're looking for good, new stuff,” said General Manager of Jezreel Jim Pratt. “We're not looking for something people are throwing out because a lot of people think oh I'll just give this, would you take that yourself if you were a victim?"

The nonprofit receives donations from the community and from big companies like Walmart. Walmart will give them items that people have returned or items like a role of paper towels with ripped packaging that can’t be sold in stores.

"What we waste here is unbelievable, so it's really very uplifting to be able to know you're going to take this product that won't get thrown away and it's a good product and it’s brand new stuff,” said Feinman.

It’s not just disaster relief the group helps with.

"We're shipping to the poor all over the world," said Feinman.

On Tuesday, volunteers were starting to sort through items that will be sent down south. Volunteers are also something the nonprofit is looking for more of.

One volunteer said after seeing the devastation from Florence on  television, this is people’s chance to make a difference.

“They can go, they can stay, they can give, they can pray, there's always something a human being can do to help their neighbor,” said Volunteer James Shrader.

The nonprofit hopes to get the tractor trailer down to the Carolinas in the next eight to ten days. They said they’re waiting for some roads to clear up.

To learn more about how you can help Jezreel by donating items, money or through volunteering, click here.

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Emily De Vito

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