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Fort plain residents welcome kindness from volunteers


FORT PLAIN, N.Y. -- As residents continue to clean up after devastating floods his Fort Plain, what seems to mean the most is kindness, a hello, or even a hug.

Members of the First Reform Church in Fort Plain were relieved to see a familiar face coming to help them out -- Ed Pangburn, a retired Fort Plain teacher, drove from Duanesburg to sign up to aid his friends and former students with flood recovery.

Pangburn greeted that task with a smile, because he knows former students of his probably need more than his manual labor.

"Just to cheer some people up and let them know that they're not alone. If I saw some people I'd known in the past coming to help it would make me feel good," said Pangburn.

Of course Pangburn wasn't the only volunteer spreading cheer; Debbie Busick came all the way from New Hampshire to take part in Red Cross recovery efforts.

For residents who could be going through normal reactions to a disaster like fatigue or anxiety, Busick did more than just serve a free meal.

"We'll we're here obviously to offer the meals but also to offer kindness and hope, compassion. You know if they just want to talk about what they're going through. It just helps to get that out," said Busick.

For those still in need of a meal Tuesday, they can head over to the senior center where they'll be serving dinner until 6:30 p.m. or if you'd like to help out and volunteer, you can head over to the First Reform Church also on Canal Street and sign up.

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