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Vermonters stuff a truck to help Sandy victims

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Whether it's toiletries, tins of food or Darn Tough socks, the National Life Group is making sure this truck is stuffed before it takes off for Staten Island.

"One thing about Vermonters is when a disaster comes or an emergency, we show up," said Mehran Assadi of the National Life Group.

Five-hundred employees at the National Life Group are pitching in to send some relief to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

"Nobody knows better than us how it feels to go through a disaster like this. We want to be good citizens and help neighboring states," Assadi said.

One of the largest donations was 1,000 pairs of Darn Tough socks-- most were made special for the Sandy survivors.

"One of the highest items in demand was socks," said Ken Liatsos of Darn Tough Vermont. "It makes sense if you think about it; your basement's flooded, it's cold."

That donation alone is worth at least $10,000. Darn Tough socks range anywhere from $10-$25 in stores. And it isn't the only donation the company will make this season.

"We're donating $500 worth of turkeys to the food shelf because a need had been reported for that," Liatsos said.

The truck takes off first thing Wednesday morning stuffed with support from Vermonters who know exactly what these victims are going through.

The National Life Group charitable foundation requires all its employees to participate in community service. Last year, despite Irene, the group doled out more than 70 grants to aid local organizations.

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