Trailer for Florence victims open in Coxsackie

October 04, 2018 03:46 PM

COXSACKIE – A trailer opened on the grounds of the Coxsackie Correctional Facility this week to accept donations for Hurricane Florence relief. It follows one that opened in Middleburgh last week. When filled, both will head south to help people in North Carolina on the road to recovery.

"I've been through it, I can somewhat feel what these people are going through, even though theirs is many times worse and it feels good to help them," said Steve Humphrey, a retired Coxsackie Corrections Officer.

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They are looking for items like water, paper products, cleaning supplies, even generators. They are teaming with a food pantry in Mount Olive, NC run by a 14-year old girl who knows the hardest hit areas.

"We did close to 20,000 meals during Hurricane Florence, so we worked through it," said Kenzie Hinson, founder of Make a Difference Food Pantry. "I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunity for people to help me and it's so different being on the receiving end instead of the giving end but there's no words to describe how you feel when people come together as one and what we say is teamwork makes the mission work so it kind of plays into that. So it's an honor."

When the supplies are all collected, they will be sent. Organizers do not want clothing or furniture.

"This is what our community is all about," said Assemblyman Chris Tague (R-Schoharie). "We all came together during Irene and Lee and got everybody back together and going and there were a lot of people from other states that came in and helped us."


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