FULTONVILLE - The village has received an excess of donations for the eight families displaced by a Dec. 21 fire, so officials are making the extra items available to the public.
Mayor Robert Headwell Jr. said this morning that starting today, donated items will be made available to anyone who wants and needs them. He said the items will be available upstairs at the Village Hall on Erie Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays. The items include socks, shirts, pants, coats, shoes and toys.
"We have a lot of clothes," Headwell said. "I don't think you ever have too many."
The area had been asked to pitch in after the Dec. 21 fire destroyed an apartment building at 16 Main St. and left 20 people homeless. The blaze involved the rescue of a pregnant woman from the burning apartment building's porch roof. No one was injured in the fire. At the time, Montgomery County Undersheriff Jeffery T. Smith said 20 people lived in the eight-unit building and everyone got out safely, but the home is no longer habitable.
After the blaze, donations started flooding in and the victims received help from the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. Donations also came to the Econo Lodge on Route 5S in the village, where displaced residents are staying, and the U.S. Army also helped out the Fultonville fire and other fires recently.
Seven people also were affected by a fire Dec. 14 on Storrie Street in Amsterdam. Twelve residents of 23 Eagle St., Gloversville, were displaced by a fire the same day. U.S. Army. Sgt. Charles Johnston, of the Army recruiting station in Johnstown, solicited donations and gifts from various business when he heard about the fire in Amsterdam, but expanded the effort to include those affected in Gloversville and the village.
Headwell said the public shouldn't feel apprehensive about coming to the Village Hall to pick up any items they need for their families. He also said no one has to demonstrate any particular need for the items.
"We want to make it as least intrusive as possible," the mayor said.
Village Clerk?Thomas DiMezza said the Village Hall will be closed Friday. It will reopen Monday.