While New Paltz Flood Aid for farmers, families and first responders affected by Hurricane Irene already raised $30,000 from their kickoff event on Oct. 2, they increased this amount to more than $52,000 on Oct. 16 at their benefit concert in Hasbrouck Park.
Although there has been an exceptional amount of support, Flood Aid must continue to gather financial support, as farm assessments show that local New Paltz farmers lost almost 300 acres this season, more than a third of the acres planted this year. There were also numerous families residing near the Wallkill River that lost many, if not all their possessions and some whose homes were destroyed completely.
Flood Aid will continue to collect donations to help these farms and families. Donations can be made on the Flood Aid website, where you can view a full video of the benefit show and a list of those who participated, or mailed to the New Paltz Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1112, New Paltz, NY 12561. Checks should be made out to “New Paltz Community Foundation” with “FLOOD AID” in the memo.
New Paltz families or farms in need are encouraged to call Judy Ness at 845- 332-8432.
Vincent James Carnevale reports.