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article imageSmall town makes huge impact on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts Special

By Roger Fleury Jr     Nov 18, 2012 in Environment
Port Huron - This is a story about of small community's effort to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy by gathering goods and raising funds to deliver those goods to the affected areas.
One small city made a big impact on relief efforts for residents hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
Freddy Kaufman, of Port Huron, Mich. Organized “Mission: Operation Sandy” with a number of volunteers including business owners and corporate sponsors such as Sam's Club, which donated bottled water and dry goods.
A number of residents showed up to help load a truck and donate whatever items they could.
The operation loaded 58,520 lbs. of dry goods, clothing, water, tools, blankets and other necessities onto a semi trailer to be shipped directly to the region after raising money for fuel with donations. The mission's goal was 46,000 lbs. of goods and $1,000 - $2,000 for fuel.
Excess funds will be donated directly to the Red Cross.
A charity performance with local artists, comedians and musicians at the Roche Bar in downtown Port Huron Nov. 17, capped off the fundraising efforts. Excess funds are being donated directly to the Red Cross.
“I'm kinda a loss for words right now,” said Kaufman. “I'm more humble than I have ever been... amazing!”
Local sponsors included Classic Entertainment, Biblical Proportions, and the Roche Bar. Comedian Randy Randle and headline band Toxic Candy performed at the Nov. 17 show to raise funds for fuel.
Eugene Lonsby and Kaufman are delivering the goods to Newark, N.J.
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