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Eastern Shore fire company collects donations for Hurricane Matthew relief

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 18:02:31-04

People are still cleaning up from the effects of Hurricane Matthew, and some fire companies are helping with the cleanup effort.

Justin Davis, with the Grasonville Fire Department, has been in contact with Northwood Fire and Rescue in Lumberton, North Carolina. First responders in North Carolina say they are still in bad shape.

So Davis, with the help of Ferndale Fire Department in Anne Arundel County,  is trying to get an 18-wheeler full of supplies to help those in need.

"The main thing is blankets. The chief did tell us a lot of people in the shelters are still in the clother they were rescued in," Davis said.

Davis was hoping to leave Tuesday, but the fire chief in North Carolina told them they're still experiencing difficulties from Matthew.

"The chief told us the waters are still receding  and that there was a detour as of Saturday that was a 65 or 70 mile detour. They told us to hold off," Davis said.

One of the places on Kent Island to drop off supplies is the Shore Stop on Route 18. Mary Wilt, the manager, is trying to pay it forward.

"It's a good thing to do, helping out people.  that one day one of us might be in need and I'd like to think that people somewhere else would be willing to come and help us," Wilt said.

They are going to continue to collect supplies throughout the week and they hope to leave with their relief mission sometime in the middle of next week. 

Here are some of the items being collected: