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Local efforts help victims

November 8, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

Lisa Miner of Johnstown had an idea to collect donations for victims of storm Sandy and bring them on a tractor-trailer to Staten Island.

She received so many donations, she may have to find a second tractor-trailer.

Miner's efforts to bring donations to the storm victims are among several in the area.

"I have been so incredibly overwhelmed and surprised," Miner said. "People have been so generous. People have just been more than generous."

People can drop off donations at three places: the Euphrates factory on Enterprise Road in Johnstown, where Miner works; at her home at 1 N. Chase St. in Johnstown; or at 8 W. Montgomery St. in Johnstown.

Greta Frasier of Caroga Lake also has been collecting donations for the storm victims, and she has joined efforts with Miner.

Frasier began taking in clothes and winter coat donations Sunday. Frasier said no other clothing donations are needed, but she will accept more donations Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Dunkin' Donuts on Route 30A in Johnstown.

Frasier said it was an easy decision to get involved with the effort to help the victims.

"For me, there wasn't even a decision to be made," she said. "It's hard to sit around and feel like you're not doing anything. I can't write these people a big check, but I can spend a few weeks organizing donations for these people."

Miner is filling one tractor-trailer with donations, and she expects to find a second tractor-trailer if needed.

The donations collected by Miner and Frasier will be taken to Staten Island on Saturday morning. They plan to collect more donations after that.

People can donate personal- care items such as bedding, bottled water, shampoo and soap.

Among other local efforts to help storm victims:

Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Athletic and TRiO programs are seeking volunteers for cleanup relief Sunday.

The volunteers from FMCC will leave for Staten Island at 6 a.m. Sunday. They expect to clean debris around homes on the South Shore by 10 a.m.

Chris Rogers, coordinator for Student Athletic Academic Success, said the groups sent emails seeking volunteers around 2 p.m. Wednesday and have five volunteers so far. Rogers said he expects to have at least 25 to 30 volunteers by Sunday, if not a full bus of 55 volunteers.

"I think everybody, when you turn your TV on, your hearts go out to the people in New Jersey, Staten Island and Long Island," he said. "You can't help but want to make an effort to help in some way."

The Enlighten yoga studio in Amsterdam has been accepting donations as well.

The Enlighten donations will be delivered by the studio's director, Laura Harrison, and volunteers Wednesday.

People can drop off items - such as Home Depot or Lowe's gift cards, non-perishable food, water, cleaning supplies, batteries and flashlights - at the yoga studio during scheduled class hours until Wednesday. For more information, call 866-3621.



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