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Valley group gathers donations for victims in New Jersey

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HOWLAND, Ohio - Amid the supplies you would usually see at the Cake Boutique in Howland, there are bags and boxes of donations for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.

"The community is doing a really good job coming through with all of this. They have donated clothes and food and baby formula and diapers," said Stella Angelo, owner of Cake Boutique.

Angelo is also making a donation of her own to the shelters in Hoboken. It's something that will hopefully bring a little taste of joy to the residents during these troubling times.

"My shop is donating their time and efforts to donate a thousand cupcakes to the shelters, because after all, cupcakes make people smile," Angelo said.

Michael Platt is overseeing the effort here in the Mahoning Valley.

"We've got Wolford's from McDonald. [The business] donated a box truck for us, [a] 28 foot box truck with two large trailers and two trucks," Platt said. "We got about eight to nine drop off sites that we've been using [including] the Niles City Schools. We've been using all five of their schools, having the kids bring things in," Platt said.

Platt's home in Niles is one of the drop off sites. His front porch is just about covered with donations.

A statement from the Governor of New Jersey's office says they have more than enough clothes so they're not accepting anymore clothing donations, but ask donors to continue to send

non-perishable food items and baby supplies.

"Toiletries, all personal hygiene items, soaps, shampoos, towels, blankets are a big deal right now because they're getting hit as we speak by a snowstorm. So warmth is going to be an issue there," Platt said.

Platt and 30 volunteers plan to start picking up and packing the donations Thursday evening. By late Friday, they will travel to New Jersey to be at the food bank by Saturday morning.

The drop off sites are:

• Austintown: JM Clemente.

• Howland: Cake Boutique 4248 North River Road,

• Howland: 114 Russell Avenue.

• Niles, 204 N. Navarre Avenue.

• Warren: Courthouse Square.

• YSU: Beeghly College of Education, Suite 4101.

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