Putting the Pieces Back Together
May 8, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, May 8 2013, 09:48 AM EDT SCHOHARIE — Saturday, May 11 kicks off a new campaign sponsored by the Schoharie Valley Association and Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT). The two are partnering with local businesses and working together to support ongoing recovery efforts throughout the Schoharie Valley communities since the floods of 2011.
Participants start by donating $5 or more to SALT; in return they receive a puzzle collection bag. Your donation will then immediately go to SALT, the lead agency coordinating rebuilding and recovery efforts in the Schoharie Creek basin and surrounding areas.
The goal is that when you travel and visit shops and businesses, you’ll collect puzzle pieces, which are available at no cost.
By the time you collect all of the pieces and complete the puzzle, the organization believes you will have a better understanding of how much progress has been made since Hurricane Irene, as well as highlight the significant needs that still remain.
“Part of the reason why local recovery efforts have accomplished so much, over 600 properties have been assisted, is due to the unwavering support of local residents and businesses,” says Sarah Goodrich, SALT Executive Director. “The pieces of the recovery puzzle fundraising campaign is a perfect way to highlight how far we’ve come, how far we have to go and why our roots run so deep.”
There will be a prize for the 1st, 50th and 100th person to complete their puzzle. E-mail a photo of your completed puzzle to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name and address. Winners are selected based on date/time of submission.
The following 12 locations have bags and are equipped to accept donations on behalf of SALT:
1) The Apple Barrel Country Store
2) Barber’s Farm
3) Century 21, Rural Estates on State Route 7
4) Century 21, Rural Estates on Main street
5) The Conglomerate
6) Generations Antiques and Gifts
7) Little Italy
8) NBT Bank Middleburgh
9) NBT Bank Schoharie
10) SALT Office
11) Studio for Art & Craft
12) Schoharie Valley Farms
A round trip to collect all 30 pieces is about 65 miles. Puzzle pieces and bags will be available through Columbus Day weekend of 2013.