Stepping into the holiday season, the Dolgeville community is continuing their support for neighbors in need. The village was one of the hardest hit by the Halloween storm, with floodwaters from the East Canada Creek leaving a trail of devastation.
But during the village’s Christmas on Main Street Saturday, there were several different opportunities to donate to the community’s flood victims and local Boy Scout Troop 18 handed out ice cream and sold raffle tickets.
"One of the Cub Scouts actually lost their homes to the flood, and it just feels really good just to help the neighborhood,” said Aidan Buhaj, a boy scout from Troop 18.
Elsewhere, Mattress Express continued their pop-up shop to sell mattresses at a discounted rate to the public, with a portion of their proceeds going towards flood victims in the village. Residents say these initiatives show how neighbors continue helping neighbors.
"It's a small community, it's not the richest community, but when people or animals need help, this community does come together and helps each other out,” said Dawn Glode, a part of Dolgeville Forward’s C.A.T. Project.
Christmas on Main Street also had plenty of holiday fun and traditions, including pictures with Santa. Herkimer County flood victims will get more help on Sunday as well. Local fire departments are hosting a flood benefit in Poland to assist those impacted in the Kuyahoora Valley.