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Community Gives Big Response To Firefighter's Donation Effort

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A firefighter's idea for making donations led to a large community response.

Dave Guilford, who works with Engine 22, started the "Upper East Side Drop Off" at 85th Street and Second Avenue the weekend after Hurricane Sandy hit.

Word got around, and pretty soon, he was overwhelmed with bags of toys, clothes and supplies.

Guilford said the Upper East Side wasn't seriously affected by the storm, but he knew people there wanted to help out.

So far, he's collected dozens of truckloads of items that have gone to storm-affected areas.

"People were pulling up with taxi cabs, car loads, SUVs, going to Costco, asking what we needed and coming back with carloads full of goods, and it was wonderful," Guilford said.

Residents can drop off donations on Saturday until 2 p.m.

For more information, go to facebook.com/uesdropoff.

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