The Des Plaines police and fire departments are coordinating a local relief effort to assist those devastated by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.
Des Plaines city staff have been working with a representative from the New York City Police Department, who is coordinating relief efforts in the area. As part of the relief effort, dubbed "New York, Des Plaines Has Your Back," the city is collecting items most needed for storm recovery such as: cleaning supplies (including bleach), mops, sponges, hoses, garbage bags, paper towels, fans, and dehumidifiers. Donations of baby supplies, including blankets and disposable diapers, non-expired baby formula, hats, scarves, mittens, and blankets also will be accepted.
Donate at the following locations: Des Plaines Police Department, 1418 E. Miner St.; Des Plaines Fire Department Station #1, 405 S. River Road, Station #2, 1313 E. Oakton St., Station #3, 130 E. Thacker St.; and Sam's Club, 101 W. Oakton St. Items will be accepted until Tuesday, Nov. 20, and will be transported on Wednesday, Nov. 21, by Dayton Freight.