Dorothy has owned and operated ‘Home Goods’ in Margaretville, NY for fifteen years. When Hurricane Irene hit in late August, her village was one of the hardest hit. Dorothy immediately saw a need, and like her mother, stepped in: “We just started running around and doing stuff. We didn’t need titles or status. We were just happy to stay under the radar.”
One of the local newspapers called Dorothy ‘Margaretville's indefatigable flood relief volunteer organizer’.
Even two months later, Dorothy was continuing the effort:
“We continue to need help with cleaning out, ripping out sheetrock and paneling, and with assisting the Sweep Team and the Volunteer Center.
We need people to help with furniture pick-up and delivery. Any people w/ trucks would be great.
We are still in need of sofas and easy chairs that are in excellent shape.”
Dorothy, embarrassed by all of the media attention, made sure that she always stressed that it was a community effort, with many different people helping.
This December, the Shopmargaretville merchants’ group honored Dorothy by asking her to perform the tree lighting in Margaretville. For the small town, it was a way to show that Hurricane Irene had changed many things, but many things remained the same, indeed became stronger.
To paraphrase from ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’:
‘Hurricane Irene hadn't stopped Christmas from coming, it *came*! Somehow or other... it came just the same.’