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MAYFIELD HEIGHTS --- Hurricane Sandy may have hit more than a month ago but a group of people in Northeast Ohio are making sure those people on the eastern seaboard aren't forgotten.

Temple Israel Ner Tamid congregation members are in the process of collecting donations as a part of their hurricane Sandy relief program. When Katrina hit, they took a half-dozen truckloads to the affected areas.

"The donations for Katrina were tremendous, but we were outside and people saw us working and loading the truck, so it was a really good visual, because of the weather, obviously we are inside they don't see us as much and we are actually a little bit behind of where we wanted to be at this time," said synagogue member Mark Friedman.

These folks help far beyond natural disasters.

Members gather every Friday to make dozens and dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and then deliver them to the homeless.

During the week, the members go to different bakeries and pick-up the leftovers that the store will no longer use.

Helping this time of year, though, is special because Hanukkah begins at sundown Saturday.

Rabbi Matt Eisenberg says this type of work represents the spirit of the season.

"Hanukkah is a festival of lights, and one of the most important things about Hanukkah is of course religious freedom, for everyone, and also shedding light and the way we shed light in Judaism is helping one another."

If you would like to donate you can drop items off 24/7 until Dec. 7.

The address is 1732 Lander Road in Mayfield Heights. It is located between Mayfield and Cedar roads.

Items donated should be new. Warm clothing, towels, ready-to-eat foods, baby products, paper products, personal care items, school and office supplies, backpacks, batteries, flashlights, power strips and money to help with the cost of shipping.

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