The flooding that ravaged our neighbors to the south and to the east didn't hit our part of the north country, but some good Samaritans in the area pitched in, and officials in the rescue effort want to say, "Thank you."
An official at the Carlisle Fire District in storm-ravaged Schoharie County wrote to thank Sen. Patty Ritchie after she loaded a van full of supplies that Northern New Yorkers had brought to her district office (I previously wrote about the effort here.)
"We realize it’s impossible to thank all the individuals who made this effort possible, but please pass along our thanks and appreciation any way you can," wrote Debi Christman, an official at the Carlisle Fire District. "With so much devastation in our beautiful Schoharie County, we are truly uplifted by the kindness and enormous generosity of our neighbors not bound by zip code."
Here's the letter that Mrs. Ritchie's office forwarded me, in hopes of further dispersing the thanks.
Dear Senator Ritchie.
The Carlisle Fire Department has been assisting flood victims in Schoharie County every day since the flood occurred on that fateful Sunday three weeks ago. As our elevation is one of the highest in Schoharie County, we were designated as a shelter and housed 15 evacuees/ stranded travelers that night, including one gentleman rescued from his car just before it was swept away by rising waters. We continue our relief efforts by accepting donations of food, diapers, household items, furniture, etc. and will do so while there continues to be a need.
As a member of the Carlisle Fire Department and volunteer of the relief work, I was concerned last night that our supplies had dwindled during the day. We formulated a plan to post on-line for more donations and before that was accomplished a very large van backed to our door with two gentlemen(Tom and Bill)explaining your effort of setting up collection locations in your district and delivering the goods to the Carlisle Fire Department for distribution to flood victims.
Your van could not have arrived at a more needed time. We're thrilled with the awesome donations contained in that van and assure you that your efforts will greatly benefit the flood victims.
We realize it’s impossible to thank all the individuals who made this effort possible, but please pass along our thanks and appreciation any way you can.
With so much devastation in our beautiful Schoharie County, we are truly uplifted by the kindness and enormous generosity of our neighbors not bound by zip code.
I hope you, and all the contributors, have a wonderful day knowing you’ve made a difference in Schoharie County. THANK YOU.
Carlisle Fire District