Event gathers supplies for refugees in need in Rochester

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Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The local community came together Sunday to help refugees.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester partnered with eight local agencies to collect supplies for local refugees Sunday.

People donated items like clothing, shoes and toiletries, to help refugees get on their feet.

Organizers say they did not know what to expect, but were overwhelmed with the turnout and the support they received.

Karen Elam with the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester said "It completely blew away my expectations."

"We didn't know what to expect. We set this up and planned it and set it up in the most organized fashion possible and we're feeling pretty good, she said.

"We said to ourselves, it could be a lot it could be a little, and we've just been amazed."

Organizers estimate there were at least 500 bags of clothing donated.

They are considering making this an annual event.

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