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Hampshire Deputy Sheriff Spearheads Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — After arriving at the Northampton Airport, a twin-engine plane was being loaded up again with about 15 bags of clothes within a matter of minutes.

Hampshire County Deputy Sheriff David Fenton has been spearheading a Hurricane Sandy relief effort for Monmouth County, New Jersey where he knows an undersheriff. He had the idea Friday morning and it snowballed throughout the day as he talked to co-workers, friends and to businesses.

“We had about $9,000 in local donations from local businesses.” said Fenton.

Hundreds of blankets, dozens of flashlights and tarps are on the long list of donated items. About 50 bags of clothes have also been donated. Many still don’t have power and a cold Nor’ Easter is on its way.

To get supplies down quickly and to avoid bad roads, Fenton reached out to the Northampton Airport. Pilots have donated their time and have covered the expensive cost of fuel.

“We have the ability to do something like this,” said Rich MacIsaac, Northampton Airport Manager. “There’s a need. And we were here to fill it. And we’re happy to fill it.”

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Fenton. “The generosity is overwhelming.”

Four plane trips were made on Saturday and three on Monday. With the roads more cleared, Fenton will be driving a box trailer with blankets and clothes to New Jersey Tuesday morning.

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