Irene Aftermath Leaves Families Stranded Without Basic Supplies and Necessities-You Can Help.
The tropical storm passed through Salem, MA over the weekend without causing any major damage. However, nearby communities were not spared Hurricane Irene’s wrath. The flooding had a devastating impact on families and property in Southern Vermont. Sarah Brophy, one of Winter Street’s finest was raised in Vermont, and she will be returning to her hometown the weekend of 9/10. Sarah’s friends were among many who watched helplessly as their homes were washed away during the erosion and massive floods. It is difficult to imagine how our community came out nearly unscathed when places a mere 2.5 hour drive from here suffered severe destruction to roadways, bridges, and homes; the film footage here tells the story.
If you would like to help make a difference please gather old clothes, non-perishable foods, and basic necessities (diapers, toiletries, etc) that you wish to donate to these families. Drop the items off at our office in downtown Salem. Sarah will bring these donations along with other supplies up to Vermont next Saturday. Below is our address, (we are located on the pedestrian walkway, across from CVS):
209 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
Anything helps. Remember, some of these people have nothing to return home to.
You can also make a monetary donation through the Stratton Foundation Website. The Stratton Foundation provides support to organizations that promise to have an impact on the quality of life in Southern Vermont’s communities. They have established a disaster relief fund and are accepting financial contributions to specifically raise money to help families recover from the sudden and dramatic loss caused by Irene. Please visit their website and donate online.
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