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Delaware River port community rallies to support victims of Hurricane Sandy

In order to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, a one-day donation drive has been scheduled by organizers from private and public sector port businesses and agencies throughout the New Jersey-Pennsylvania-Delaware region.

The collection time is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The efforts will support several New Jersey charitable and relief organizations, including the Salvation Army and the United Way of Monmouth County.

"We in the Delaware River Valley were extremely lucky that Sandy caused little to no damage in our area," Kurt Ferry of Greenwich Terminals said in a press release. "Helping our friends and colleagues is something we felt we needed to do."

Drop-off locations are established at three area facilities:

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
6700 Essington Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Gloucester
Gloucester Marine Terminal
King & Essex Streets
Gloucester, NJ

Wilmington
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE

In addition to the three site operators, others donating services to support the event include Dole, Hamburg Süd, the International Longshoreman's Association and Trinity Distribution Services.

"The members of our port community have always collaborated on business issues affecting the port,” Lisa Himber of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River & Bay said in the release. “Now our community is demonstrating its willingness to work together to help people when they need it most.”

Based on comments from the relief organizations, the group is looking primarily for non-perishable food items, though clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other necessary items are also being accepted.

The ports are responsible for over 134,945 jobs in the Delaware Valley, over $3 billion in revenues, and over $400 million in state and local taxes.