LITTLE FALLS — The Kinney Drugs store at 530 Albany St. saw first-hand the devastation that flooding wreaked in the region earlier this summer, causing the store to close its doors for two days.
Now two months later, Kinney’s is able to give back to help others with their own flood relief.
Brian Dykeman, Kinney Drugs retail regional manager, was at the Little Falls location on Thursday to present an $8,500 check to the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley.
“It will pay for some disaster relief,” said Jennifer Balog, executive director of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, including blankets and comfort kits.
She said it will also help pay for some of the services that assisted in the immediate flood relief.
“It was a Level 4 disaster,” said Balog, noting volunteers as far away as Myrtle Beach, S.C., came to assist in the relief efforts.
“It was such a massive flooding and it affected such a huge area,” she said.
Dykeman said through the Kinney Foundation — the philanthropic arm of the Kinney Drug Company — they were able to make a $5,000 donation.
On top of that, Dykeman said they decided to sell Syracuse University candy bars to help raise money for flood relief.
Dykeman said 47 stores in central and northern New York participated, but there were 11 stores that were really active about selling the bars. The proceeds from the candy bars along with cash donations totaled $3,500.
“It almost matched what we made in donations,” said Dykeman.
Donna Chapman, store manager, said she received a call from one of her employees on the day flooding hit the store. A storm drain filled with debris under the parking lot, caused significant damage, which is still being repaired.
She said water and mud also flowed into the store, but noted there was no product loss.
Dykeman said though the store was closed, they were still able to meet the needs of the customer; specifically their pharmacy clients who still had their medications delivered to them.
Dykeman said while other stores in the region were damaged — including locations in Ilion and Whitesboro — the Little Falls location was the only one that needed to close.
“I am amazed and humbled that during this recent event affecting so many families and businesses, like Kinney’s, that still this community came together to help our neighbors through the American Red Cross,” said Balog in an email on Friday. “These donations, like Kinney’s, assist so many, not only during the response, but help others get back on their feet.”