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Helping Sandy Victims in New York

A group of parents and kids from a local church are coming together to help the victims of hurricane sandy, using an empty bus to bring supplies down to Manhattan.

Helping New York
 

November 2, 2012

Horseheads (WENY) - A group of parents and kids from a local church are coming together to help the victims of hurricane sandy, using an empty bus to bring supplies down to Manhattan. It was planned as a mother-daughter day trip to the city to see a show and do some shopping. They decided to use the opportunity to help victims by filling the bus with supplies. Sixth grader Laurel Vargas knows how bad the people in New York need help.

      “It's cold and they don't have power and they're really having a hard time with it, at least what we can see from the news,” says Vargas.

      The situation downstate is tragic. People need as much help as they can get. A group from St. Mary our Mother school in Horseheads had set plans to head down there for a day to see Mary Poppins. Trip organizer Carol Gough says after the superstorm hit, they thought they'd use the trip as away to do some good.

      “The show isn't canceled the bus is still going so we're going to New York and we have an empty bus underneath and we thought was a great way to do something positive and fill it up with supplies that they need,” says Gough.

      “It's important for people to know that there's people helping them and they're not alone,” says Vargas.

      A food drive in the parking lot of the church filled the bottom of the bus up to capacity.

      The community contributed and some of the younger volunteers had a message for the victims of sandy.

      “Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

      The plan is to drop the blankets, food and water at the Bowery Mission in lower Manhattan.