Albion helping hurricane victims

The Albion community is coming together to help people affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Residents came up with the idea to collect donations that will be distributed by the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

The Hurricane Disaster Relief drive is requesting financial donations and a variety of items, including non-perishable foods, toiletries, baby products and pet supplies. They are not accepting clothing at this time.

Organizers are looking for people to donate and volunteer during the drive.

Albion Borough councilman Rick Irvine said, "Years ago, we had a tornado. People passed away. The town got destroyed. They helped us. People helped us. So, we’re just trying to pass it forward and just try."

Money can be dropped off at donation boxes at the Borough Office, Andover Bank or at the Northwestern School District.

Money and other items can be taken to the old dollar store building, 202 E. State St.

Anyone who donates any item or any amount of money will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Country Fair gas cards.

Irvine will be at the old dollar store from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Winners of the gas cards will be announced Saturday evening.

If you would like to volunteer to assist the drive, you can call Rick Irvine at 814-449-7587, or you can show up to the old dollar store.

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