Tuesday: 'We Remember' Drive To Help Those Who Helped NNY


Some Watertown residents haven't forgotten a good deed from nearly 15 years ago.

A relief shipment will soon be headed to Long Island, as payback for help extended to the north country during the ice storm of '98.

 "I was stunned when I saw that twenty departments came up here from Nassau County," recalled David Shampine, a Watertown Times reporter who covered the ice storm and one of the organizers of a drive called "We Remember," whose goal is to send relief to Nassau County.

"I  figure we should return the favor to those who really put themselves out for us," Shampine said.

A truck and driver donated by Waite Toyota will leave Watertown in mid-December. Donations are needed and in particular, cleaning supplies.

"Those houses have mud in them and particularly mold," said Doug Anderson, another one of the organizers.

Also needed: Christmas presents for children.

"The children that are outside the home, they're not going to have christmas in their house," Anderson said.

Cash donations can be sent to the Northern New York Community Foundation, 120 Washington Street.

 "We've got about a week and half before we send them to Nassau County, so the more the merrier," Shampine said.

There will be a daily drop-off point at the former Sacred Heart school in Watertown,  and a big drive at the Watertown Walmart this Thursday.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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