As Vermonters from communitites across the state begin to dig out of Irene's ruins and re-build, we are being joined by incredible good samaritans who have travelled here from all around the region and the country. We are grateful to you! Last weekend while I was traveling up I-89 to Plattsburgh I passed a convoy of some 370 National Guard members from eight states– here to help out with an army of helicopters, dump trucks and other heavy equipment.
Civilian volunteers are signing up on VTResponse to help people who have lost homes and businesses. In Wilmington, Vermont a favorite outdoor restaurant, Wahoo's was devastated by the flood, but volunteers rallied a few days later to clean it up. The owner, Adam Grinold re-opened 2 days ago and is donating 50% of proceeds to help flood victims.
Luke Stafford of Mondo Media volunteered his online media and marketing expertise to build a community bulletin board for South Newfane and Williamsville VT where neighbors can stay connected, informed and updated as they rebuild together. Our own Shannon Albritton did the same for Marlboro. Everywhere people are coming to each other's aid. It's what makes the recovery actually seem possible.
So to all of you who are reaching out to help, we at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture and our neighbors throughout the state, express our sincere thanks!