Lt. Mark Manocchio of the Franklin Police Department wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Milford Daily News to thank all the the people in Franklin who helped make the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive such as success.

Here follows the text of that letter:

I would like to thank everyone that helped us with our effort to collect and ship much needed supplies to our fellow Americans in Monmouth County, N.J. The Franklin Police and Fire Departments collected relief supplies for this area what was very hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.

This was a total community effort with people bringing donations that ranged from a pickup truck full of bottled water to a shoebox with soaps and shampoos.

It made me so proud to see that true American Spirit was alive as people poured out to help others in need.

I left a notice of the drive at EMC and it couldn’t have been 20 minutes later when the Fire Department Dispatcher called me to say there were people at the station from EMC who left work on their break to buy items to donate.

I can’t possibly thank everyone that had a hand in the effort but I would like to mention a few. The Franklin School Department who helped us by putting the word out to the entire school community; Chief Gary McCarraher and the Franklin Fire Department who housed the collection containers and packed them; BJ’s and the Franklin Police Patrolman’s Association who both made donations; and finally, Tony Gallo of Gallo Moving and Storage. Tony provided containers for collection, took all donations back to his warehouse in Milford, unpacked them and repacked everything … from Franklin and Mendon that filled an entire tractor-trailer. The load … second trip with an additional 5,000 lbs. that was collected from Natick after … ported that members of the community and a high school football team came … said the people were very appreciative of the donations. Thank you again to … were the ones that really made this effort a success.

[Note: elipses in the above transcription reflect portions of the text that is illegible in the PDF which was provided. See the link to that file.]

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