Michele Shull had hoped to fill one bus with supplies like blankets, warm clothing, and batteries, to take down to New York City for those most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
But enthusiasm and people's keen desire to help quickly overtook that now seemingly modest idea.
On Saturday morning, three Ocean State Transit buses packed full set off from the East Greenwich bus yard on South County Trail.
who got the other five OST bus yards involved. OST provides school buses for South Kingstown, Middletown, East Providence, Chariho, and Exeter in addition to East Greenwich. All of them helped with donations.
EG school families heard about the plan and donated. Churches got into the act. And others who just heard about it and wanted to help donated too.
In the end, they collected so many things – diapers, dogfood, toothpaste, water bottles, coats, and on and on – some things were handed off to Cardi's, which was also sending a truck down on Saturday.
"The things we were hearing from people were, 'I wanted to help but I didn't know how to get it there," said Shull Friday. "So, you know what? We're Ocean State Transit – let us do it!"
Update: The buses made it to Queens near the devasted Rockaway area before noon on Saturday. EG Patch hopes to have photos from NYC posted tomorrow.