Some Annapolis firefighters and police officers will travel to Staten Island, NY, on Monday to deliver goods and spend the day helping with the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
"We're not exactly sure what we are going to be do doing quite yet," said Sgt. Beth Nelson, the coordinator for Annapolis police. "They have asked us to bring tools and generators and be ready to work."
The idea for the trip came about during a lunchtime conversation between Lt. Caroll Spriggs, an Annapolis firefighter, and Kurt Beall, the owner of Heroes Pub.
"I was asking Spriggs about donating some items. I thought maybe they would have a nonprofit or something that we could donate to," Beall said. "His family owns a bus company, and he said he wanted to get a bus trip together. It just sort of went from there."
Spriggs' family donated the bus, and about 10 police officers and 10 firefighters volunteered to make the trip. The Annapolis team will coordinate with the fire department for the city of New York once they arrive.
Beall will be going as well.
He's bringing hamburgers, hot dogs and sodas to feed the Annapolis crew and any New York first responder who's hungry. Beall said he offered to cook lunch because he wasn't sure what services would be available to the Annapolis team, and he didn't want them to be a burden on New York.
"I got some of my vendors to donate the food and soda and stuff, so we are going to take a grill up with us," Beall said. "I'm hoping we can do some good when we go up there."
The police department is also collecting donations of winter clothing and blankets to pass out on Staten Island. People wishing to donate should bring their items to the station at 199 Taylor Ave.
The bus will leave at 5 a.m. on Monday and return to Annapolis sometime in the middle of the night, which Nelson said would certainly be a long day.
"It's what cops and firefighters do," Nelson said. "We don't need the help down here, so we are going to travel where it's needed, and evidently that's Staten Island."