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Supplies still being stocked for flood victims

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Albany/HV: Supplies still being stocked for flood victims
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As flood victims continue to rebuild their homes, many not-for-profit organizations are making much-needed supplies available to them. Our Megan Cruz went to one in Cobleskill, which is providing everything from building supplies to bed sheets.

COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- "It was very earth-shattering," said Cobleskill resident Bettina Fonda. She'd just moved into the village in May, many of her family's belongings still in boxes in their basement when Tropical Storm Irene hit the area.

"We lost a lot of the kids' things, we lost Christmas presents, a lot of our belongings, so we're slowly starting to replace these as time goes by," said Fonda.

And for that, she goes to the old Guilford Mills warehouse where the not-for-profit organization Care for New York State has set up shop for flood victims to pick up much-needed supplies for free.

"Furniture, cleaning supplies, toiletries, even toothbrushes and toothpaste. Even the decorative things, the little things that make a house a home. We have those as well. That puts extra smiles on people's faces," said Colleen Moore, Care for New York State's executive director.

Those affected by the floods say this resource has helped them rebuild.

"My house would still be in shambles," said Fonda. "I would not be able to make my house comfortable for my kids. My kids would not be sleeping in their warm comfortable beds, with warm comfortable blankets, or have the clothes on their back."

"Seeing her so happy makes us happy, and that's what we're here for," said Moore.

Moore says their inventory comes from private and corporate donations, like from the Marriott Residence Inn in Albany. They're remodeling everything from the bedrooms to the kitchen.

"It's huge we have these stoves, refrigerators, and other appliances so they don't have to spend money," said Moore.

But as full as the warehouse is, Moore says they're still in need of a number of items. They're asking for donations of full- and queen-sized bed sets, washers and dryers, building supplies, kitchen tables, and gas stoves.

"Or even if they wanted to make a monetary donation," said Moore. "They can even specify to use the money to buy those mattresses."

But Fonda says she leaves here with more than just new belongings; also with a feeling of normalcy.

"It feels really good. It's like getting a piece of your life back, that we're not victims, we can survive," she said.

For more information

For more information on Schoharie County Donations for Flood Victims, visit their Facebook page.

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