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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 13, 2011

NBFD helps flood survivors

BETHLEHEM — On Saturday, the North Bethlehem Fire Department and Auxiliary will hold a fund-raiser to help survivors of Tropical Storm Irene.

“Our guys in the fire department have been going over there to help and they said, we need to do something,” said Debra Schenkel, secretary of the auxiliary.

Months ago, Oct. 15 was set aside for an annual garage sale, but, instead, the date will be used for a three-part fund-raiser.

The chief of the Broome Fire Department and his wife, who heads the auxiliary, will attend and show photos of what happened to both the fire department itself and to the homes of Broome residents.

“The auxiliary had a freezer full of meat,” said Schenkel. “Not only can’t they find the meat, they can’t find the freezer.”

Donations will be collected on Saturday, possibly with a boot drive, to help Broome.

Also the Hudson-Mohawk Humane Society will be at the fund-raiser, running an adoption clinic and collecting both cash and pet food donations to help animals left homeless after the storm.

Finally, a collection — again both cash and canned items — will be taken for the Regional Food Bank.

The fund-raiser will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the firehouse, located at the  corner of Russell and Krumkill roads.

Food, including, hot dogs, will be sold. “We will match whatever we get with up to $1,000 from the auxiliary,” said Schenkel.

—         Melissa Hale-Spencer

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