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Wheeling Hospital Assisting With Sandy Relief Efforts

November 30, 2012

WHEELING, W.Va. – When Sherry Sanders and Tammy Tennant of Wheeling Hospital’s Cardiac Neuro Vascular Center decided weeks ago to take an express tour to New York City, little did they know that they would also be assisting victims of Superstorm Sandy.

But that’s exactly what they did after the hospital donated much-needed cleanup items to pack on the tour bus for eventual delivery to Staten Island and Brooklyn.

The whole idea to help Sandy victims began with Rodona Dunfee, owner of Way 2 Go Travel and an agent with UNIGLOBE Ohio Valley Travel. Dunfee, the tour organizer, asked her minister if he knew of anything the tour group could take to NYC to assist in the Sandy relief effort. She was directed to a minister in New York who, in turn, began a chain of contacts that eventually led Dunfee to a minister on Staten Island.

That last minister provided Dunfee contact information for Jen Patafio, who is coordinating some of the relief work for both Brooklyn and Staten Island.

“I told Jen that we wanted to bring lightweight items that we could carry once we got off the bus to meet her,” Dunfee said. “She gave me a list of things that were needed. Once I contacted the people on my bus, they were very enthusiastic and the donations started coming in. We have donations from Wheeling Hospital, church groups, clubs and individuals.”

Donations include gloves and masks for cleanup work, small clothing items, financial assistance and more. When the group arrives in NYC, the goods will be distributed to the tour group members so they can carry them onto the Staten Island Ferry. On Staten Island, they will be met by Patafio, who will deliver the donations to those in need.

Dunfee said that while she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, she wasn’t totally surprised.

“When someone gets an idea like this, it’s amazing to see how quickly everyone responds,” she said. “We just really wanted to help.”

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Contact: Gregg Warren – Vice President, Public Relations/Marketing, 304-243-3260

Sherry Sanders, RN, left, of Wheeling Hospital’s Cardiac Neuro Vascular Center; Ralph Brandon, manager of Purchasing; and Tammy Tennant, receptionist in the Cardiac Neuro Vascular Center, pack up items donated by the hospital and being delivered to help with the Sandy relief effort.