ROCKLAND, Maine — Christopher Merritt said he could no longer watch what had happened to people in New York and New Jersey from Hurricane Sandy and decided to do what he could.
And that is to deliver needed goods to those who lost homes in the superstorm that devastated coastal communities.
Two Schooner Bay Taxi vans filled with donations from local individuals and businesses will be leaving Rockland at midnight Saturday.
The vans will deliver the goods and then return with 15 people who lost their homes who will be taken to the inns in Ogunquit. That community has offered to provide a week’s respite for families from the devastated area.
Merritt said he expects he will continue to do this on a regular basis while there is still a need.
Merritt said local people have been more than generous. He noted that Maritime Energy donated $200 for gasoline for the van’s trip. The Schooner Bay vans were parked outside Maritime Energy’s headquarters on Route 1 in Rockland to give the effort more visibility. Merritt also has made the call for donations via Facebook.
His mother has purchased $100 worth of clothing to send to families in New York and New Jersey.
Merritt and his wife Renita will take one van and company drivers John Sanford and Adam Grierson will drive the other.
The vans will be back at the same location on Saturday for people who want to donate.