A truckload of donated blankets is making its way to Hurricane Sandy devastated New York residents from Stanislaus County thanks in part to area churches and Casey Moving Systems of Ceres.
The Ceres company, which is affiliated with United Van Lines, donated the transportation costs to move 12 pallets of blankets to New Jersey, which will then be trucked to Staten Island which was hit hard by the hurricane in late October.
On the receiving end will be Carmel Richmond Nursing Home on Staten Island which will be distributing blankets to those needing them. Sister Eileen Murphy said her facility was not hit by the storm but some of the company's employees and the community surrounding it were directly affected by the damage.
The approximately 550 to 600 blankets collected were through a non-denomination church sponsored "Blankets of Love" drive. Blankets were contributed by those living in Modesto, Ceres, Hughson, Turlock, Oakdale and Riverbank. They were loaded up at Casey's Fairview Drive warehouse on Thursday morning and driven back east.
"We really couldn't have done this without them," said Jayne Cunningham. "It would have been too expensive to do without their help."
Bridget Machado and Jim Casey of Casey Moving Systems were instrumental in making the shipment possible.
The hurricane took the lives of 131 Americans and caused an estimated $63 billion damage.