Updated 08/30/2012 04:59 PM
New design supports Schoharie County in aftermath of Irene
T-shirts sold at a Schoharie County store have helped raised thousands of dollars for flood recovery. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, a one-year post Irene shirt is now being sold, as the county continues on the road to recovery.
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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -- Apple Barrel Country Store owner Sue Loden said, "It's a rebirth. It's the new life coming out, and like it says, the stronger the hope, the deeper our roots."
A new design marks a new milestone. The Apple Barrel unleashed its one year post Irene shirts Wednesday, hoping to take the efforts a little further.
"A year ago when the flood hit, my daughter and a friend of hers came up with a design that we ended up putting on t-shirts, posters, buttons, tote bags, mugs."
Sales of the collectibles raised more than $40,000 for flood recovery. Beyond the financial benefits, the shirts became a walking advertisement, especially through resident Bob Price, who wears one every single day.
"I wear it because I think people need to be aware that we still have work to do, and it just represents the need the community has, and the strength the community has," said Price.
"We're here everyday, so we get to see the progress, but we also get to see how much more there is to do," said Loden.
And starting next week, shirts will also be available at The Carrot Barn, giving more people the opportunity to help with recovery.
"That's part of why I wear it every day because it's great to be part of that recovery effort," said Price.
"Everyone does have a lot of hope, a lot of hope for the community, a lot of hope for their friends and neighbors and family, and you know, it is going to come back stronger," said Loden.
Apple Barrel Country Store
115 State Rt. 30A