Firefighters with Sandy Hook ties are "paying it forward" to Oklahoma tornado victims this week, united by the bond of devastating tragedy.
John DiCostanzo of Harwinton, is collecting donations with fellow active and retired firefighters today and tomorrow. One participating firefighter has a first-grade son at Sandy Hook Elementary School who survived the December massacre, according to a release from the Connecticut General Assembly.
Last month, the firefighters personally transported supplies to Oklahoma, but they're looking for more. Tools for cleaning up and rebuilding homes, such as shovels, rakes and work gloves are in high demand.
Firefighters are also looking to collect personal hygiene items, gift cards to places like Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart and Target, children's toys and baby supplies. They're donating American flags to show patriotism and support.
Firefighters will be collecting instruments for a junior high school’s marching band trip to New York City, which will take place in about three weeks.
The Harwinton Oklahoma Relief Drive takes place at Nexus Consulting, 200 Birge Park Road, Suite 4 in Harwinton. Donations will be accepted until 7 p.m. today and noon tomorrow.
For more information, contact John DiCostanza at 203-648-0598 or 860-605-9111.
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