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November 1, 2012

Storm-aid collectors are returning a favor

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Now, they’re working on where to deliver the relief supplies.

And they’re not the only people or organizations trying to help.

The State University College at Oneonta, through its Center for Social Responsibility and Community, is coordinating proposals for food and clothing drives and has set up an account for cash donations for storm relief. It’s also compiling lists of volunteers to help with cleanup efforts, according to an email from Nancy Drake, the center’s director. Drake did not return a call seeking comment by late Wednesday afternoon.

The American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund also stands ready to accept cash donations, which enable it to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Donors can call (800) REDCROSS or send contributions to the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

In the aftermath of Irene and Lee, aid flowed into the area from the outside, and it is gratitude for that assistance that drives at least some of the people trying to provide aid to Sandy’s victims, Artis said.

“We’ve been through the flood twice,” Crysal Artis said, referring to Lee’s flood last year and flooding in 2006. “My parents have been through the flood twice.

“We were helped immensely, and that was the best feeling to know that somebody did it because they wanted to, not because they had to or somebody was forcing them to.”

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