MANCHESTER - The Orvis Co. and Burr and Burton Academy will once again team up to help those in need, to bring much needed items for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.

All area residents and businesses are encouraged to donate relief items at the Orvis Green, located on Route 7A in between the Flagship and Outlet Stores, on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Needed supplies include winter clothing, socks, under garments, linens, blankets, non-perishable food items, personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body lotion, deodorant, combs, brushes), baby items, bottled water, batteries, kids toys, books, games, and puzzles. Orvis will pack and ship all items collected with the help of BBA students, faculty and staff and Orvis employees.

"Bring it on," said Don Benasich, Orvis Senior Manager for Outlets and Events and organizer of this relief effort. "This is a time we must all come together and help our family, friends and everyone affected in the devastating aftermath of the storm. Anyone can bring their items to the big tent on the Orvis green and we'll see to it that it gets to those who need it. Our special thanks go to the students and faculty at BBA and Orvis employees for volunteering to staff this collection effort."