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Barre woman spearheads Hurricane Florence relief effort

Barre, Vt. - Sara Akers responded quickly to her desire to help the victims of Hurricane Florence. She managed to launch a statewide relief effort in less than 24 hours.

"I was sitting at home one night thinking about how lucky I was to be at home with my family underneath one roof with clean water, food, electricity," Akers said. "I was just thinking about the fact that there are so many people down south who aren't going to be able to have that in a short while."

With help from the community, local businesses and word of mouth, people have come to Barre's City Hall Park to help fill a tractor trailer full of supplies.

They're collecting water, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, first aid and pet supplies. The 53-foot trailer will be taken down to the Carolinas next Sunday.

"I'm driving the truck," said Cass Bresette, who's been a truck driver for more than 30 years. His boss, Rodney Rainville, donated the truck to the effort after experiencing devastation in Hurricane Irene himself.

Once in the Carolinas, Akers has teamed up with Hope Heroes who will assist in distributing the donations.

The trailer will be at City Hall Park until midnight Saturday. Sunday, the trailer will be parked at Lenny's in downtown Barre from 6a.m. until 5p.m. 

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