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Local woman needs donations to help Hurricane Sandy victims

Alice Brown has an empty 10x10 storage unit, but she hopes that it won't be empty for long. Alice Brown has an empty 10x10 storage unit, but she hopes that it won't be empty for long.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It's been more than a month since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, leaving lots of damage in her path.  Relief efforts are still needed to help those hit hard. 

One local woman is working to let victims know they aren't forgotten, but she needs your help.  

Alice Brown has an empty 10x10 storage unit, but she hopes that it won't be empty for long. She wants to fill it with items like deodorant, tooth paste, peanut butter and food to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.  

"They need our help in any way that you can imagine," Brown said.  "They are by no means toward the end and won't be anytime soon, so this effort will be continuous for the next year or two at least." 

Brown's nonprofit organization, Keep Volunteering, helped families bounce back after the April 2011 tornadoes.  She wants to let Sandy victims know they aren't forgotten.

"What people don't realize is that super storm Sandy, the cost was far more than the disasters of 2011 which we were a part of," she said.

Brown is renting the storage unit from SmithStoreIt Self-Storage off Hwy 72 East in Huntsville.  When Manager Martin Smith found out about Brown's efforts, he decided to challenge her efforts. 

"If they can fill up the 10x10, I challenge them to fill up one and we have up to three or however many we need to keep on filling them up so that we can get them all full," Smith said.  

The units can hold up to two bedrooms worth of donations. 

Brown has a big truck headed to the Valley on the 18th to collect the donations and deliver them to Brigantine, New Jersey. 

If you are looking to donate, you can do so Saturday, December 15th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

For more information on other drop off times and items needed visit http://www.keepvolunteering.org.

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