Fundraisers help mitigate family's storm-damage expenses

Reeb said the event allowed the Plant family to have at least a little "relief and release," from their financial woes.

A new wall for their basement, a new drainage pipe, material expenses, food for the friends and family volunteering to help get the house in order and labor to excavate the backyard deck are all part of the costs the family incurred.

Fundraising efforts from Saint Margaret Mary's Church, where the three oldest Plant children are altar servers, raised $6,000 for the family. The McKownville Fire Department also raised $600 for the family.

Fundraising efforts from Cheer Intensity, a cheerleading group that the Plants' daughter is in, and their neighbors Mickey Cleary and Dave Bosworth are also ongoing.

Assemblyman Jack McEneny, D-Albany, showed his support for the family at Sutter's Mill Restaurant, as well as many of the area's businesses and the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.

Help also came from town officials, who voted at their Tuesday, Aug. 19, meeting, to waive the building permit fee that is normally associated with any construction on a home.

Town Supervisor Ken Runion said the town usually waives the fee in circumstances where the home is damaged as a result of a storm or natural event.

Based on the Plant's circumstances and amount of work being done on the house, the fee could have been close to $300 he said. ""

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