College students help with Beds 4 Kids clean up
It has been weeks since the flood and for thousands throughout region, the cleanup continues. For one particular charity in Owego, it will take months to recover from all the damage. But as our Bill Mich tells us, Saturday, a group of college students were out to provide some flood relief of their own.
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OWEGO, N.Y. -- As the Village of Owego continues to remove the piles of debris lining the streets, there is one pile, well more like eight piles that continue to grow.
"You can see something, you can see a picture or a movie and say, oh that looks really bad. But then, you actually get there, after the flood is gone and you just see mounds of debris everywhere," said Brendon Cook, a sophomore at Alfred University.
The Save More Furniture Store and Beds 4 Kids Charity headquarters was under four feet of water. Nearly every piece of furniture inside the old middle school is now ruined, with a large portion of it scheduled to be used in flood relief. But the damage and cleanup is not slowing the charity down.
"We're getting between four and five tractor trailers a day. Fifty three foot tractors stuffed to the guild. And two of those, at least two of them are Beds 4 Kids beds," said Beds 4 Kids Founder Leonard Hilldale said.
But balancing that charity work with an overwhelming cleanup effort is a daunting task so Beds 4 Kids asked for volunteers and Alfred University responded.
"We have international students from Japan. We have basketball players, we have different clubs and organizations, faith based groups. They are all here just wanting to give back and help," said Norm Pollard, the university's dean of students.
The university also has some interest in donating older dorm room furniture to the charity. Beds 4 Kids said it can help 20 to 30 thousand families if more colleges do the same. But until then, the cleanup will continue and the need for volunteers, like the Alfred University students, will remain constant, so the charity can continue to do what it does best.
"I don't care where your suffering is, we will help you. Anybody can come from anywhere and get free beds from us anytime," said Hilldale.
The store and charity are both open and operational and are currently giving away over 200 beds a week.