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Sleepy Hollow Firefighters Help Hurricane Victims

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – The Sleepy Hollow Fire Department is once again collecting items for New York residents living upstate, where Tropical Storm Irene completely devastated the area.

The fire department has been taking items for the past two days and will open its firehouse to donations from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday night.

“The area of Prattsville and a few other towns just got wiped out,” Fire Chief John Korzelius said.

The department first collected items last week and delivered them on Sunday in conjuction with the Pocantico Hills Fire District, Millwood Fire District and Chappaqua Fire Department. Korzelius said residents really stepped up to the challenge.

“If you were out here Sunday morning, you would have seen our fire truck downstairs was completely filled with supplies, as were the chiefs' cars,” he said.

The trip to Prattsville took two-and-a-half hours, with the New York State Thruway Authority letting the department run through the tolls. Korzelius said the area was just devastated: the town's main street was completely wiped out and will have to be rebuilt. The department took photos and have displayed them on their website .

“They couldn't thank us enough,” Korzelius said of the area's residents.

Korzelius said the department is looking for food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, dry goods, pet supplies and water. A full list of items can be found here . One thing they ask residents not to donate is clothes because their last drive produced a high school auditorium full of clothing.

“The residents of Sleepy Hollow really stepped up, and I want to thank them a lot,” Korzelius said.

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