Community helps to support children of limo crash victims

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A community chipped in to give back to children whose parents lost their lives in the deadly Schoharie limo crash.

Amsterdam continued to prove how strong of a community they are with a fundraiser that was held Sunday at the Walmart in Amsterdam.

October 6th marks the day 20 lives were lost in the deadly Schoharie crash, a number of those victims left children behind, some even under the age five.  

“They obviously had great parents and it just upsets me that they are not around,” said fundraiser coordinator Paul Wilken.

Paul Wilken said that when he found out about the crash he was in shock.

In an effort to make a difference, he decided to join in on a fundraiser to help the children impacted by the crash.

“People are coming in with carts, full baskets.  The Gloversville Walmart, they brought stuff in.  We have people bringing in stuff from all over the place and it is just a fabulous thing,” said fundraiser coordinator Sue Wilken.

With the help of local businesses, friends, and donations, they said they weren’t surprised at the community response.

“Family means something and at this time we are all one family,” said Sue Wilken.

At the end of the day, their only hope is to show the community that there are better days ahead.

“Whatever we can do today to help these kids, is fine by me,” said Paul Wilken.

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