Local groups pitch in for storm victims

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By Brian Sweeney
A cooperative venture between local communities yielded approximately 1,500 items that were donated to the Toys for Tots program for downstate distribution to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
The donations to the New York City Marine Toys for Tots program was a joint venture among local business groups including the Long Woods Business Association (Roxbury and Grand Gorge), Fleischmanns First, Andes Works! and the Margaretville-based Binnekill Business Council.

“All of the groups worked cooperatively and all did a yeoman’s job in giving back to those less fortunate who were in Sandy’s path of destruction,” explained Marc Levenshus, owner of Foothills Shoe in Margaretville, one of the event organizers.

“In the next few days we will be loading up a truck and taking it to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots depot, whose own inventory was severely damaged from Superstorm Sandy,” he added.
Mr. Levenshus said that the NYC Marine Toys of Tots program suffered considerable losses and inventory damage at its Brooklyn location from Superstorm Sandy. Upon hearing this news, members of the local business organizations felt that collecting toys to make the holidays brighter for families who suffered losses in the storm would be nice way to assist our downstate neighbors.
He also thanked community members for their generosity.

The business groups established collection sites at the following locations: Margaretville: Bed & Bath Shoppe, Foothills Shoe, NBT Bank, the second floor of Commons; Fleischmanns: The Tinderbox, Sam’s Country Store and Wadler Bros.; Andes: Andes Hotel; Roxbury: Quarltere’s Nursery and the Orphic Gallery; Grand Gorge: NBT Bank.