By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – After a busy 2017 spent lending aid to emergency personnel at various local disaster scenes, the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services of Sidney was recognized Thursday, Dec. 21 with a $500 donation from Sidney residents Alyssa and Denise Bailey, in association with the Sidney Moose Lodge No. 277. The women contributed $250, which was then matched by the lodge.
Sidney Town Supervisor and Sidney EDS member Gene Pigford said, “It has been a continuous year for the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Team of Sidney. From the April fire (at) Christopher’s in Oneonta, to last week’s vigil for (the) lost hunter in Jefferson, N.Y., EDS volunteers have responded immediately on behalf of first responders and victims to eight traumatic events impacting (local) communities this year.”
Longtime Sidney EDS member Marie Cole said the “out of the blue” end-of-year donation was a pleasant surprise for the local chapter.
“We were excited,” Cole said. “I think we’ve had our team here close to 11 years now and the town is really starting to get behind us and support us, because it is all-volunteer and the money that we use is all donations.” She added, “We don’t ask for money, but it’s nice when we get it.”
The Sidney group, formed in 2006 after the devastation of that year’s flood, works to meet the needs of first responders and victims during and after traumatic events.
“We provide meals, snacks and emotional and spiritual care … to first responders and others impacted by traumatic events, both on-site or otherwise connected with (an) occurrence.”
Pigford credited the group’s continued strength in the communities it serves to member dedication.