Jasper relief agency sending supplies to Sandy survivors

Jasper relief agency sending supplies to Sandy survivors

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Missions Unlimited volunteers organize outerwear to be shipped to the Northeast. Source: WBRC video Missions Unlimited volunteers organize outerwear to be shipped to the Northeast. Source: WBRC video
JASPER, AL (WBRC) -

Storm victims in Alabama received a lot of help from people in other state following April 27 and now a relief agency in Jasper is doing its part to pay it forward in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Missions Unlimited is planning to send thousands of blankets, jackets, sleeping bags and other outerwear to the Northeast early next week. And these supplies are desperately needed as hundreds of people are left without power and cold weather sets in.

It could be more than a week before power is restored in storm-affected areas of New York and New Jersey.

"It's terrible. I put myself in their place," Ken Key, Missions Unlimited CEO.

He says this is one way his relief organization can help people who have so many needs after Sandy.

"It's gonna be handed to the people who need it. We're not shipping it to a big warehouse," Key said. "We're working with the New York district of the Salvation Army. They'll be feeding information to us."

Debbie Hamilton-Honeycutt works with one of the ministries in New Jersey that is helping Missions Unlimited. She says Staten Island, Coney Island and Rockaway are the hardest hit areas. 

"They're as you know going into the very extreme cold season of the year. And they already never have good supplies of winter coats for the kids and the adults there. And especially now with so many of them being left without a place to live the sleeping bags and the coats couldn't be provided at a more applicable time," she said.

Missions Unlimited collected these items from businesses and individuals all over the country and they say there's more on the way.

"We have plans to pick up more stuff from a company that's donated materials Monday. We need volunteers to help come out seperate this stuff and organize it. That way we can rebox it and get it ready to ship out," Charles Harper with Missions Unlimited said.

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