JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – Volunteers and good samaritans flocked to Johnstown on Wednesday to "stuff a bus" full of school supplies for students in Fort Plain.
When Stephanie Rogers awoke to Fort Plain being flooded, she feared for her family.
"We had heard horrible rumors about what was going on that day," she said.
She rushed down to the creek where her family and friends lived, relieved to find them safe, but their property had been damaged.
"People have lost their jobs, they've lost cars, they've lost their homes, and just surviving on a day to day basis is costing so much money," said Rogers.
When PTA members of the nearby city of Johnstown saw the devastation – they wanted to help. So they organized a "Stuff the Bus" campaign, where they asked for donations of school supplies so kids there could have a fresh start this fall.
Even young Brady Vanaernam felt the pain of Fort Plain's loss.
"I would have been crushed, just the, something like that happened, it's hard to believe," he said.
Brady is headed into 7th grade in Johnstown, and he showed up and donated his time – all so kids just like him can have a good start to a great school year.
"It would be really tough, but with the Stuff the Bus, I would imagine it making it a lot easier," he said. "It feels really good just to I know that I'm helping."
Chris Bernaski and his wife donated bags of supplies, saying they know people who lost their livelihood really need the extra help.
"We want to try and make them feel somewhat better in a way, so little things like that will help," said Bernaski.
As member of the Fort Plain PTA and a parent of five, Rogers says she knows the challenge of getting kids ready for school. She came to help stuff the bus – and to offer a personal thank you.
"Because it really means a lot that our neighbors, and some of them don't even know us at all, but they would do this for us, it's pretty incredible," she said.
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