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Bottle drive will benefit Hurricane Sandy vicitms

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Several Ogdensburg service clubs have gathered together to help fellow club members in another part of the state affected by Hurricane Sandy.

When Ogdensburg Builders Club members learned of the level of devastation downstate, they reached out to members of Kiwanis and Aktion Club to help raise money for students in Westbury, Long Island, a town hit hard by the tropical storm that swept the east coast last month.

Key Club and Builders members will hold a bottle drive from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the NYSARC bottle redemption center, 330 State St. An account has been set up there.

“If they want to donate, we’ll also pick up their bottles,” said Key Club President Charlotte J. Miller.

The groups hope to raise $2,000, Ms. Miller said.

“At this time everyone is giving to everything,” said Builders Club Advisor Nancy Skelly. “We decided any amount is better than nothing. People will donate bottles, but we don’t want to set an amount and be disappointed. We will wait and see what happens.”

The groups regularly hold fundraisers and volunteer on behalf of several St. Lawrence County organizations, including the St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the annual Harvest Walk/Run.

The groups meet annually at a statewide conference each year, which both Ogdensburg clubs and Long Island groups attend.

While the groups do not know each other, Ms. Miller said that is not important.

“It’s like if we like had a disaster happened to us,” she said. “That’s one of things we do — help people.”

For more information, or to have bottles picked up, call 393-2531.

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