The Daily Star
---- — To the area’s continued support for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which impacted the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. late in October, hitting the New York metropolitan area particularly hard.
Groups and individuals from across the area immediately mobilized, volunteered their time to help out, and donated supplies and money for those hit the hardest.
A month and a half later the effort continues.
Numerous groups, including the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, continue to collect supplies and donations. Fundraisers, such as the craft fair, bake sale and silent auction sponsored by the Garrettsville fire auxiliary on Saturday, are planned to help victims. Scouts and 4-H’ers have held donation drives, as well. Local individuals have also donated their time and money, bringing supplies to the New York City area.
Some large donations have been given as well. The Downsville Fire Department donated an ambulance to the Point Breeze Fire Department, which rescued more than 40 people at the height of the storm while its station was under water.
Brewery Ommegang has partnered with Barrier Brewing Co. of Oceanside, which was heavily damaged by Sandy, by producing about 400 kegs of a new brew to be called Barrier Relief Ale.
We thank everyone who organized and contributed in some way.
To the two holiday benefit trains that recently passed through our area.
The 14th annual Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots train stopped in the area Saturday, giving toys and coats to children gathered at the stops in Cobleskill, Oneonta and Bainbridge. The effort is also supported by Dunkin’ Donuts.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train made stops in the area at the end of November, collecting food and monetary donations for local food pantries. This year CP provided a matching donation to Feed America, whose member food banks are providing food and other supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The railway has long had an impact in our region. We’re glad to see the positive results continue.
To the efforts that bring holiday cheer to the area.
Communities and organizations have organized tree-lightings, caroling, parties and more to help raise the Christmas spirit.
Santa and Mrs. Claus have make an effort to see children across the region at their stations in communities such as Cooperstown and Oneonta. They also make appearances at Christmas parties and parades and at stores throughout the area.
Since the holiday spirit also brings out the spirit of giving, we’re glad to see the bright lights of the season and lovely melodies of carols across the area. So many events, from the traditional tree-lightings to the unusual recycled ornament contest in Oxford, help make the season bright. We applaud everyone who participates.