Woodstock Union High School & Middle School | 100 Amsden Way | Woodstock, Vermont 05091 | 802-457-1317(HS) | 802-457-1330(MS)
|People Come Together & Help Flood Victims|
|Monday, 21 November 2011 08:41|
Ms. Rubenstein went home a little after the hurricane and realized that the water was not working. She then went outside and discovered that she not only had a stream up by her house but it wasn’t going into the culvert and was flowing fast underneath the road.
Thinking something must’ve been going on, she went into town and saw buildings flooded and crumbling, as well as many people walking around, in shock, looking at all of the damage. She knew then that she had to do something to help.
A day after the storm, Miss Rubenstein went to the Woodstock Elementary School, where people who were willing to volunteer were meeting. There were only three other people there that day, "The first day we didn’t do anything. It was like we all needed a day to take in what had happened," said Ms. Rubenstein. But they were determined to help and so they soon began. The group started a monetary fund to raise money to replace lost or broken items ranging from articles of clothing to actual houses and started helping with repairs. The group was mostly helping people in Woodstock because they weren’t able to go anywhere else for a while. "By Tuesday we had a full blown volunteer service going. We were having hundreds of people showing up to do whatever they could," she added.
Monday, the volunteers got maple syrup gallon jugs filled with water and brought them to people who were in need. The following day more people came to aid the victims of the storm. They went to the Riverside Mobile Home Park and helped the people evacuate from the "trailers" park. We assigned people to deliver water, clean out basements, move stuff out of people’s houses, deliver food, clean up riverbeds and just do whatever people needed," Ms. Rubenstein explained.
"I loved watching our whole town really come together and help each other. Then it was amazing to watch people from other towns and other states come and want to help! It was very heart warming," Ms. Rubenstein emphasized.
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