LOCK HAVEN - While many portions of eastern Pennsylvania are still dealing with the after-effects from last week's devastating floods from Tropical Storm Lee, this area was, thankfully, spared.
Now, Clinton County residents and businesses are coming together and helping those in need.
The American Legion Post 131, 20 S. Grove St., Lock Haven, has been accepting clothing, non-perishables, dry goods and cleaning supplies to help flood victims in the hardest-hit areas since last Saturday. The collection will continue until Oct. 22, from 1 to 9 p.m. each day.
From left, Jason Risbon, Doris Schenck, Joy Bowmaster, Boyd Bowmaster and Floyd Bowmaster stand behind many of the collected cleaning supplies.
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Shirley Lyons and Kathy Baldwin sort through the donated clothing.
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And, the response from the public has been overwhelming, already filling up the dance-floor area of the facility with items on more than a dozen tables ready to be packed and delivered.
"We're accepting anything from cleaning supplies to clean clothes for kids to adults... anything they need," said Doris Schenck, president of ALA Unit 131. "We would like to thank all of the community who have helped us, from donating items to help packing stuff up."
She noted the Post will also pick up items from those who cannot get to the building. Call the American Legion at 748-7414 for pick-up.
The Post was buzzing Thursday afternoon with volunteers packing items as quickly as they were coming in the back door.
"You name it, we got it," Schenck said.
One large delivery came from David Miller of Tylersville, who donated several boxes of already-sorted clothing from his house.
"Everybody helped when I donated my kidney for my son (David K. Miller). This is the least we can do for them," he said. "This is something that had to be done.
"I have six shirts in my closet. That's enough. These guys (in the flood) have nothing in their closets.
Tom Johnson, vice commander of the post, said the items will be delivered to the hardest-hit areas about once a week, with the inaugural run going to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Montoursville, Saturday at 10 a.m.
"We're going to take down trucks and trailers and if anyone wants to donate a truck, they can meet us here at 10 a.m. Saturday," Johnson said.
The shipment will be large, including several cases of water and paper towels from First Quality Enterprises and cleaning supplies from Weis Markets. Lee Miller from Miller's Small Engine Repair in Lock Haven has also donated trailers to help transport the items.
"We'd like to say thanks for all the support we've had," said Schenck. "We've had a lot of support from the community."
Johnson added people who know of a particularly hard-hit area can call the Post at 748-7414 for assistance.
Monetary donations are also being accepted at Jersey Shore State Bank's Lock Haven branch, downtown Main Street, payable to "American Legion Post 131 Flood Victims Fund."
For more information, call 748-7414.