GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Glens Falls fire victims are receiving help and donations from big-named businesses.
A major fire at 5 Sherman Ave. displaced at least 25 people but home goods donations are waiting and available for the victims once they find new housing.
Scott Orsby was one resident who watched his apartment building go up in flames on May 8.
“I seen the roof in flames, I’m like, ‘Oh boy, all my stuff is gone. I don’t know what we’re going to do,’” he recalled.
Orsby said he was able to save a few items from the flames, including his cat, Booka.
“Everything else was just gone,” he said.
But now Orsby and his neighbors have access to brand new appliances free of charge thanks to a group called Good 360 and the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council.
“Once I heard about the fire, I said we have to do something; our agency should do something,” Tyler Whitney of the Opportunity Council said.
Whitney said it’s the first time the program has come to the Capital Region. The program takes surplus items from big box stores such as Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond for disaster relief and the underprivileged.
“That’s what’s good about the network is that everyone’s in it to help other communities,” he said.
The Salvation Army is holding the appliances through the end of June while the victims find new housing.
“It’s just a great opportunity to reach out to the public and let them know there is help locally,” Major David Dean with Glens Falls Salvation Army said.
Orsby said he plans on taking advantage of the help, and it has given him the inspiration to pay it forward.
“I’m willing to help people in need now if they needed my assistance,” he said.
Dean said many of the fire victims are still displaced, but the Salvation Army is offering $200 vouchers to its thrift store to each of the victims to replace whatever Good 360 cannot.