Saturday November 24, 2012

The week of Nov. 5, I had the opportunity to see the generosity of so many people from Berkshire County.

My brother Glen Storie, a Lanesborough volunteer firefighter, came up with an idea to fill his 5 ft. x 8 ft. motorcycle trailer, and his pickup truck, with items that he could deliver to Breezy Point N.Y. on Saturday, Nov. 10. My sister-in-law Beth put a posting on Facebook about what my brother wanted to do. Within a day, word had spread like wildfire. On Monday the 5th, the donation drive began. After accepting donations for two hours on day one of five, he quickly realized that his trailer wouldn’t cut it. People’s generosity was overwhelming.

DMC Racing generously donated the use of a 24 ft. trail er and by Wednesday evening it was packed as tight as it could be. With donations still flowing in at an amazing rate, we ended up filling the first motorcycle trailer plus two other trailers similar in size.

On Saturday morning, the caravan of six vehicles filled with about 14 volunteers and hauling four trailers, headed to Breezy Point. As we arrived and saw the devastation that these people have suffered, I realized how appreciative I am to have the simple pleasures of everyday life. The things we take for granted were the basic necessities that these people from the Breezy Point area, and all of the other areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, no longer had.

I was honored to be a part of the collection and delivery of the goods. I was thankful for all of the people who helped load the trailers and who also went along on the trip to help unload them. To see people come together in a time of need is truly amazing. I am proud to be a member of this community.

The time everyone who donated and participated took to help in these efforts is greatly appreciated. You may never get a personal thank you from anyone who received your donation but know that these people are truly blessed to have unknown people from all over take an interest on their behalf.

I would ask that we do not forget our local families that still need our help. I went to the Veterans’ Pantry in Berkshire Village to leave donations and was taken back by how many people were in line to go in and "shop" for much-needed groceries. I never realized how many people were in need of food in this area and I have lived here all of my life.

Please take a moment the next time you are shopping to grab one or two items and drop them off at your local pantry. People need help year round, not just at holidays.

Thank you to my brother for starting something so little that turned in to something so big. Please pay it forward.

DEBBIE STORIE

Lanesborough