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Local people seek to aid downstate storm victims

December 9, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM - A local yoga instructor is encouraging local people to donate materials to help those still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the New York City area.

Laura Harrison, owner of Enlighten Yoga and Community Center in Amsterdam, is asking people to donate generators or heaters in an effort to help those who are still suffering from power outages and lack of heat.

Harrison said she had gone down to New York City to volunteer within a few days after Sandy pounded the city, starting a supply drive to assist those in need. She sheltered in a tent while there, she said.

According to Harrison, people in some sections of the city and Long Island still are suffering from lack of heat and hot water due to damaged hot-water heaters and furnaces.

"It scares me," Harrison said.

She hopes to have 12 heaters donated to give to those in need in the area. Other items needed are winter clothing, gloves and generators. Donated items would be delivered to the ABC Channel 7 station in New York City, at on 626 Midand Ave.

Those interested in helping may call Harrison at 866-3621.

Another local charity seeking funds to help those affected is run by Dimas Rodriguez of Amsterdam. Working with Key Bank, he is seeking donations to send propane to New York City in an attempt to help others heat their homes. He heard of the bad conditions downstate through family members.

"My daughter went to Staten Island over the Thanksgiving holiday," he said. He is seeking to raise $300 to send six tanks of propane to New York City through the Movement for Peace Organization.



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