The Commissioners thanked Legislator Margaret A. Cunzio for her help with our recent donation drive for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims. Margaret was presented with a plaque to show our appreciation. Thank you once again for your help. Also Commissioner Ciancio and Commissioner McCarthy would like to thank the community that came out and supported with their generous donations with this following thank you letter:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Moved by the profound devastation and catastrophic conditions in Texas and then Florida as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Valhalla Fire Department sent out a “call to action” to assist our fellow Americans.
As firefighters, we are trained to respond to crisis and emergencies. And while we were unable to travel to these shattered areas ourselves, we needed to do our part to help and mobilize our community to help.
The response was overwhelming. This letter is our expression of sincere appreciation and gratitude to all who gave so generously. Because true citizenship requires we take care of our neighbors and our community responded tremendously, tens of thousands of pounds of clothing for adults and children, toiletries and medical supplies, pet food, water, paper goods and many more items we sent to these distressed regions. There are no words to express our deep appreciation to you on behalf of those in Texas and Florida who have almost nothing.
The organizational challenges to accomplish this task were enormous. We are so grateful to State Senator Terrence Murphy, our collection partner Berger Hardware, Acme Supermarket and the Boy Scouts and Girls Scout of Valhalla and especially Westchester County Legislator Margaret Cunzio for without her guidance and help we could not have done all this work. Special thanks Lori Kohany and Wendy DiPrinzio, Adam Ochs, Secretary of WCAFC, Kurt Guldan, President of NSVAC, Collins Brothers Movers in Brewster and the Jeff Studer Irrigation Company. Most importantly, thanks to the members of the Valhalla Fire Department for the hundreds of hours devoted to this worthy cause.
While hundreds of our neighbors gave, one eight year old’s gift is emblematic of the hearts of this community. As a car drove up to our collection site at fire headquarters, he emerged holding a small clear plastic bag. He presented the bag to the organizers of this effort, Commissioner Anthony Ciancio and said, “Here, this is some lemonade money I raised. I was going to use it for something else, but ‘they need it more.’”
Please know of our gratefulness.
Fund Raising Organizers
Board of Fire Commissioners