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Roxbury Firehouse Flooded With Donations for Texas Hurricane Victims

Former Roxbury Chemical Co. 1 Chief Steve Chapkovich boxes items donated for Texas flood victims Credits: Michael Kovach
Donated paper products piled high at Roxbury firehouse in Succasunna Credits: Michael Kovach
The Roxbury Home Depot helped the cause by donating moving boxes Credits: Michael Kovach
Just some of the water donated at Roxbury Chemical Engine Co. 1 station in Succasunna Credits: Michael Kovach
By early afternoon on Tuesday, there wasn't much room for more in the vestibule of the firehouse in Succasunna
Drinks and other supplies piled high at Succasunna fire station en route to Texas

ROXBURY, NJ – People from Roxbury and beyond are responding enthusiastically to a Roxbury fire station's collection of donations for Hurricane Harvey victims.

Roxbury Chemical Co. 1 Fire Chief Kyle Hoffman and firefighter/EMT Mike Kovach said they were overwhelmed by the number of items brought to the Succasunna firehouse since the facility became a drop-off place Aug. 31.

Surrounded by donations last night, Hoffman and Kovach looked around and estimated there are enough Texas-bound supplies to fill a tractor-trailer.

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“There are tables around the hall piled up high with stuff,” Kovach said. “Seriously. The hall is pretty much filled. We’re pushing stuff around so we can hold our CPR class. It’s kind of crazy.”

The collection drive ends Sept. 6. Then, Hoffman and others will drive the materials to one of Hermann Total Distribution Services’ hubs in South Brunswick. The company will deliver the goods to Houston.

The firefighters thanked the Roxbury Home Depot for donating big boxes that are being filled with donated items. “Home Depot has always been very good to us,” Kovach noted. He and the chief also praised local businesses that helped out, including CKO Kickboxing, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor in Roxbury Mall, Luigi’s Pizza and JT McHugh’s in Randolph.

Kovach said he figured there would be a surge of donations right after the collection was announced, but expected it to diminish. However, he said the pace of generosity seems unabated as people continue to leave items in the fire station vestibule. “Today’s donations were pretty significant,” he said.

Hoffman said Hurricane Sandy might have made New Jersey people particularly empathetic to the plight of people in Texas. “People feel for Texas right now,” he said. “And I’ve already had somebody question me about Hurricane Irma which hasn’t even landed yet.”

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