Jacob Robison, 16, left, and Alex Roppelt, 15, tape up a box Sunday as they and other members of the Central York High School wrestling team unload and
Jacob Robison, 16, left, and Alex Roppelt, 15, tape up a box Sunday as they and other members of the Central York High School wrestling team unload and pack donated goods to be sent to New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy victims. (John A. Pavoncello)

Jen Morin remembers New Jersey as a vacation spot she and her family frequent.

On Sunday, she was collecting items for people who live in the storm-ravaged state.

"If we were to lose everything, hopefully they'd do the same for us," Morin said after packing a box with items.

Morin was joined by her 13-year-old son, Ben, and her husband, York Area United Fire & Rescue firefighter Ed Morin, at the Springettsbury Township Fire Station on East Market Street as they collected items for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"I'm happy with how it worked out," said Ed Morin, who co-organized the drive. "We got a pretty good mix of stuff."

Filled: Springettsbury Township Police and members of the Greater York Professional Firefighters Association collected items Saturday and Sunday.

All told, they collected enough to fill 1½ 28-foot trailers, said Brad Hatcher, an organizer.

They collected everything from everyday necessities, such as personal hygiene and baby products, to household goods like chairs and tables.

Some donors purchased new items at stores for the collection drive.

"We got pretty much everything we were looking for and then some," Ed Morin said.

Organizers also collected $145 that will be used to buy gift cards from Home Depot for hurricane victims.

Collected items will be delivered to Newark, N.J., by this weekend, Hatcher said.

Helping hands: Both Hatcher and Ed Morin said they were impressed with the number of people who turned out to donate.

One woman from St. Anne's Retirement Community in Columbia, Lancaster County, gave 184 blankets.

A couple made the trek from their Ephrata, Lancaster County, home to donate items.

Organizers got some much-needed help from Home Depot, which supplied a forklift to load pallets packed with items into the trailer and an employee to operate the forklift.

About 20 members of the Central York High School wrestling team spent about 2½ hours loading the trailer on Sunday, Hatcher said.

"And we put their muscles to work, let me tell you," he said.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.