Saturday, November 3, 2012

When Bad Things Happen

American spirit in action 

Once again we are reminded of the common bond that ties us all:  life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  And common decency.

Today for hours on end, Western Mass residents of all ages, race, creed and color descended on a parking lot in Amherst bringing desperately needed  supplies for our friends in New York devastated by a natural disaster.

 Truck #1 around noon

The first 17-foot truck filled up just after high noon taking only two hours to complete, and a second 15-foot truck was full by 2:00 PM the scheduled close of the event.  Both trucks left together for the trip into the city where they will go to a staging area for unloading.

 2nd truck done at 2:00 PM.  A tired Sydne Didier on left

Event coordinator Sydne Didier expressed concern over the availability of gasoline, so everybody keep your fingers crossed.  Although when she filled up over in Northampton a woman noticed the signage on the sides of the trucks and gave them $100 cash.
Lots of dog and cat food. Even some for rabbits

My view from inside the truck

  UPDATE: 7:30 PM SUCCESS! Truck being unloaded in NYC 


Max Hartshorne said...

heartening to read I am proud that my fellow New Englanders are helping the poor victims of this terrible storm. bravo to all who helped fill the trucks!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Amherst!

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see the success!

maggie said...

Awwwww.... that's so sweet! My dear nephew lives in the City and I am picturing him so splendidly happy to see all the good wishes from home arrive to "brighten" his day!!