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Klockner Pentaplast Collects Donations for Sandy Disaster Relief - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Klockner Pentaplast Collects Donations for Sandy Disaster Relief

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Things are still shaky in parts of New York and New Jersey, reeling from Hurricane Sandy's punch.  Now a central Virginia company wants to do its part to help.

Gordonsville's Klockner Pentaplast has launched a disaster relief effort.  They have parked trailers in and around Charlottesville and are collecting donations.  Their efforts will benefit a special needs school in New York.

What started as a way for Klockner Pentaplast to help Hurricane Sandy victims has turned into a large-scale community effort around Charlottesville.

"It was difficult to see the devastation," said Kristen Rabourdin, a Charlottesville Whole Foods Market employee.  "I have friends who've lost their homes, I have family who have been removed from their homes who have lost power.

Rabourdin saw the donation trailers Friday morning and wanted to help.  "I was driving by, I saw the trailer, I stopped and asked if they could use some help," she said.

Rabourdin and Whole Foods Market donated reusable bags to the relief effort.  She said, "We're going to give them about 1,000 and show that Charlottesville love all the way in New Jersey."

The efforts started after one of its employees, who has ties to a special needs school in New York, said that many of its teachers and students were in need of basic supplies.

Klockner Pentaplast Chief Operating Officer Michael Tubridy said, "All of the students and teachers and families were particularly hit hard and wanted to know if he could help organize and was there something we could do to get involved, and immediately employees went into action."

They are looking for new clothing, nonperishable items, phone cards and many other items.

"We really hope that we can be a helping hand and assist all of the families that are so much in need right now," said Tubridy.  "I think it's a great outpouring for the community."

There are two collection trailers - one outside the Ruckersville Wal-Mart and another parked at Kmart on Hydraulic Road in Charlottesville.  They will be collecting items until 6 p.m. on Sunday, and will head up to New York on Monday to deliver the supplies.

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