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posted: 11/8/2012 3:23 PM

Des Plaines police, fire launch 'New York, Des Plaines Has Your Back'

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Karen Kozenczak and the DP Police and Fire Departments

The Des Plaines Police and Fire Department are coordinating a local relief effort for the people who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The relief effort will be called "New York, Des Plaines Has Your Back."

Des Plaines staff have been working with a representative from the New York City Police Department, who is coordinating relief efforts in the area.

He has stated that the items most needed are: cleaning supplies (including bleach), mops, sponges, hoses, garbage bags, paper towels, fans, and dehumidifiers. In addition, they are in need of baby supplies, including blankets and disposable diapers, non-expired baby formula, hats, scarves, mittens, and blankets.

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

Des Plaines Police Department, 1418 E. Miner St.

Des Plaines Fire Department Station #1, 405 S. River Rd.

Des Plaines Fire Department Station #2, 1313 E. Oakton St.

Des Plaines Fire Department Station #3, 130 E. Thacker St.

Des Plaines Sam's Club, 101 W. Oakton St.

Items will be accepted until Tuesday, November 20, 2012, and will be transported on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Dayton Freight in Des Plaines has donated transportation services.