ORION TWP. (WWJ) – Several metro area businesses are partnering in a disaster relief effort.

In a 1,600-mile round trip drive that will begin before dawn, Saturday, Powers Distributing of Orion will transport a truckload of bottled water to tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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(WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting spoke with Joe Dinverno, the delivery and fleet manager who will be part of the three-man crew.

“You can do without a lot of things. You can probably not eat for several days, but everybody needs to drink water. So, when we saw the devastation that happened down there, several of us here got together and said we need to do something,” Dinverno said.

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Dinverno said that anyone can write a check, but they wanted to do something different to help.

He said they’re taking down a full load: 21 pallets, holding about 32,000 16-ounce bottles.

Also joining Powers Distributing in the relief effort are Penske Corp., OMW of Ypsilanti and Eastown of Highland Park.

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The United Way will help get the water to those in need.