Maryland marine businesses organize Sandy relief

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Marine businesses in Maryland are working with other local businesses to get supplies to storm-ravaged areas of New Jersey.

Jim Maier, owner of BOE Marine in Stevensville, Md., has created a Facebook page to help organize efforts to send relief to those still trying to dig out from the path of destruction Hurricane Sandy caused when it struck on Oct. 29.

Maier says he “just kind of threw it out there” on thehulltruth.com, a boating forum he actively participates in, that he had a big truck and if people wanted to donate money he would buy supplies and drive them to New Jersey.

“People donated money, money, money and then people in the local community started donating clothes, time and water, and Chick-fil-A got involved and started giving coupons to people who brought donations there. And now we’ve got tons of stuff coming in every day,” Maier told Soundings Trade Only.

“We bought a lot of heavy-duty trash bags,” Maier said. “People have to get rid of all their stuff. They were flooded out and have to throw everything away.”

The effort began with BOE’s own trucks, Maier said, but now its distribution company, New Jersey-based Mesco, is pitching in with larger trucks.

On Monday, four trucks were sent to hard-hit Brick Township’s town hall.

A large truck made a run to Sayerville, N.J., on Wednesday, and another truck is being filled for today.

The Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard, Alliance Marine and ReliaSource are also assisting in the endeavor.

“We’re going to keep on sending trucks until we run out of stuff to donate or until they don’t need it anymore,” Maier said.

— Reagan Haynes

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