Volunteers Helped at Shelter

People who can are encouraged to come help.

Editor's Note: This story was published on Friday when the shelter was seeking volunteers. The shelter closed at 8 p.m. Saturday and the Oxford High School showers are open for residents from noon to 8 p.m. today.

The Oxford Ambulance Association was seeking volunteers to help out at the .

In her push to gather volunteers, Madalene Taggart, assistant director of the Oxford Ambulance Association, said:  "Maybe some of our candidates (running for election on Tuesday) would want to come up here and do some good old fashioned community service."

One candidate, Amy Cote, who is running for the Oxford Board of Education, has been volunteering, Taggart said. Cote herself did not have electricity much of the week, as did many other volunteers. 

Taggart said she had been going to get bagels and doughnuts every morning and making trips to wholesale stores to buy food from the Oxford Ambulance Association's account. Many of the volunteers at the shelter are volunteers from the ambulance association. The American Red Cross has also helped and donated food. 

She said Fire Chief Scott Pelletier, emergency management director and fire marshal, has put in yeoman's work this week. "This community doesn't realize how lucky it is to have Scott," she said. "It's amazing the work he's done and the effort he's put in."

She said Pelletier will decide tomorrow, after seeing how power restoration efforts are going, whether the shelter will be reopened tomorrow. 

"We have a good volunteers, but people are getting tired," Taggart said. 

See more of Taggart's comments in the comments field.

Madalene Taggart November 04, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Just to clarify a bit and give some more credit. The Salvation Army brought hot food three nights this week along with snack foods. The Red Cross did not bring food until today. The custodians Leon and Paul, two residents, Pam and Terry who stayed overnight all week were a tremendous help this week. Jane, the custodian has been going non stop since Sunday. Without her the week would not have gone so smoothly. I would also like to thank Amy Cote for staying last night and cleaning all the pots and pans from our cooking adventures. It really is great to live in this community and be able to help each other out when help is needed. It was a very difficult week for all of the residents of Oxford but most were gracious and appreciative. My heart went out to the families with young children and the seniors who were very cold. I hope the rest of the town is restored soon and people are able to once again be warm in their homes.
xxxoxox November 05, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Can't do tonight but I will be there from 4pm until whenever tomorrow (Sat). Jen's making baked ziti.
Paul Singley November 05, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Madalene thanks for pointing out those volunteers. Also if you want to help, don't call anyone: just show up. Thanks
Peggy Freeman November 05, 2011 at 07:42 AM
I'll be there today, tonite - I'll stop by to see what is needed. -Peggy
Joe Hines November 05, 2011 at 10:35 AM
I am very proud of how our first responders both professional and volunteers responded to this storm. Police, Fire and EMS you have done your community a great service and I thank you. I am also proud of those residents who stepped up to volunteer at shelters, help others with generators or fire wood, or even just reassuring a neighbor that if they need anything we could count on each other. Way to go Oxford!
Bonnie November 05, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Just to let you know that we own a Dunkin donuts in Bridgeport. We are here to get you all at the shelter bagels, donuts, muffins etc. If you'd like. I will NOT expect payment from the ambulance or anyone else. Please call me or email me if I can help out. Bonnie Tappan 203-906-3206 or 881-9297 tappan.bonnie@yahoo.com Anything we can do to help out! If you have a microwave we can get you eggs, sausage, bacon etc so you can make breakfast sandwiches. I wish I knew sooner that you guys were paying for ALL this stuff! DD in the area SHOULD have been donating to you, it DOESN'T cost them much!!! Please contact me if you're in need.
Madalene Taggart November 05, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Thanks Bonnie I have been going to D&D in Southford every morning by 6:30ish . I wouldn't expect another town to donate. We are here until 8 tonight and so far not staying open all night. So if anyone needs to shower the high school is NOT open today just Quaker Farms until 8. If you have donuts etc to drop off it is appreciated, I am getting a little tired of the BJ's run.
Bonnie November 05, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Madeline, please give me a call and I'll arrange with you a plan as to what you need and other things like coffee or juice etc. We live here in Oxford so please don't worry that you're taking from another town. We are more than happy to help out our town that we live in. I'm pretty angry that the area DD won't help out but I'm NOT surprised!
Madalene Taggart November 05, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Bonnie, thanks but we are just going to open the high school tomorrow for showers only so we are all set. I wish I knew on Sunday or Monday that you were willing and able to help us out. The D&D's were closed in town and in Seymour as well. Southford may have helped the Southbury shelter so I won't jump to any conclusions. But thank you for the offer of help. I will keep it in mind for the future and hope we never have to open a shelter again.
Craig Zac November 05, 2011 at 11:22 PM
baked ziti? mmmmm my fav! I have no power still, can I get some? lol
Craig Zac November 05, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Thats awesome Bonnie!! Youre right, area business could share some of what they have with the shelters in town...its called giving back. im not saying they need to give it all, just help out a little. I was at the gas station on 67 today, i think its the Global one.. (Not Mobile) and mentioned to the woman b ehind the counter I was on day 7 with no power, her reply? "oh my, is there anything you need? water?" I thought that was really nice of her to offer.


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