They started unloading the ice and other goods at 7 a.m. Within five minutes, locals were showing up, eager to take home the much needed items.
By 8:30 a.m., Martin was back on the road, chased out by a rapidly approaching Nor’easter.
“Words cannot describe the gratitude and the thanks that the residents of Highlands want me to express to everyone back here,” Martin said.
‘SUPPOSED TO HELP’
He will bring more supplies to Highlands and is actively canvassing for donations. Currently, Martin said, the need is for cleaning supplies and dust masks for tearing out Sheetrock. And he will be in close touch with the volunteers in Highlands to find out what other items might be needed most.
The list of people and businesses Martin would like to thank is extensive, but it includes Mannix and the Rotary Club, Alex’s Ice Service, Exit 36 U-Haul, the Keeseville Elks’ Club, the Currency Exchange in Plattsburgh and CDC in Rouses Point, as well as many more who donated time, money and supplies.
“It’s what we do up here,” he said. “We’re from the North Country. We’re supposed to help each other.”
HOW TO HELP
Dean Martin will head back to New Jersey soon to help storm victims. To donate cash, supplies or to volunteer, contact him at 569-7202 or Tonia Finnegan at 578-7027. Or send donations to: the North Country Club, 61 Laflure Lane, Keeseville, N.Y., 12944.