Box of Love engages community hearts |

Box of Love engages community hearts

Amy Edgett / Sierra SunDennis Alexander loads relief boxes he collected for Hurricane Sandy victims. "I am so stoked about our community, the generosity just blows me away," he said.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – Dennis Alexander was getting frustrated in his job hunt. “I was bitter,” said Alexander. As he sat eating a warm bowl of soup for lunch, he witnessed on television the indescribable struggles Hurricane Sandy survivors were and are enduring.”I couldn’t eat … it made me sick,” said Alexander. He counted his blessings – a roof over his head, food on his table, and put out a Facebook call to action: Box of Love, planning to collect a few necessities to ship back East for aid.Alexander woke up the next morning to 45 posts to come “get stuff.””I got emotional, my dog and I sat down and had a 10-minute weep,” he recalled, overwhelmed with joy. He’s been busy ever since, it blew up to more than his truck could carry.Heather Soloman, owner of Pass It On Thrift, let him go shopping in the store, taking four bags of winter clothes. John “J.O.” Olson donated 10 boxes of brand new Tahoe logowear. Sue Waters of Lather & Fizz in Squaw Valley used her UPS account to get things boxed and ready for shipping.Others who have donated include but are not limited to Ryan at Jake’s on the Lake; Justin at Lanza’s; Elsa at Mamasake; Virginia at Kings Beach Hospice Thrift; Randy at Tahoe Basics for Keep Tahoe Bearable shirts and money; Jane Rothman at Lake Tahoe Alive; his mother Jann Tursi and his aunt Jill Scott; Unofficial Squaw; High Fives; Tom at Full Belly Deli; Brock at Lake Tahoe Review who has donation boxes; Jessica at The Balcony and many more. A huge shout out to all.The boxes, totaling 600 pounds, were shipped Tuesday to Ocean City, N.J.Hurricane Sandy benefit show announcedThe giving doesn’t end with boxes. Alexander, a 101.5 DJ who hosts Deep Tracks with Mr. D Tuesday nights and his buddy Rak Dettelbaack will host a Hurricane Sandy benefit show Saturday, Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m. into the wee hours at Bar of America in downtown Truckee.All music donation and raffle drawing proceeds will be donated to Red Cross Disaster Relief Funds. More than 30 musicians will take part, including Kandy Xander and her band, winner of the Wings and Strings music contest event at Squaw Valley.Find Dennis Alexander and Box of Love on Facebook for more information.

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