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