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Portland, Maine

Relief effort launched after Sandy, blizzard

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A Hurricane Sandy relief effort is taking on new urgency following last month’s historic blizzard. Maine volunteers supported by the Portland Fire Department are launching a Hurricane Sandy relief project offering rebuilding tools and supplies to storm victims who are still trying to reclaim and rehabilitate their damaged homes. Sponsors say the project has taken on new urgency in the wake of February’s winter storm. On March 23, all of the fire stations in Portland will serve as collection points, and people can drop off any needed items, including eye protection, commercial grade dehumidifiers, pet supplies, nonperishable food, propane space heaters, and utility knives. Also needed are hammers, pump sprayers, bleach, work gloves, brooms, paint supplies, rollers, brush trays and tray liners, and sandpaper.

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