North Country Hardship Fund helps local residents

POTTERSVILLE - The North Country Hardship Fund recently put their funds to good use and donated to their first recipients since their inception last year.

Diane Barron and Bobby Stetson Jr. of Pottersville lost their home to a devastating fire over the winter and were left with nothing. The North Country Hardship Fund donated to their recovery with a monetary gift.

"It's exciting to finally get to help someone out," said Steve Studnicky, treasurer.

Barron and Stetson will use the assistance toward rebuilding their home.

The North Country Hardship fund strives to aid families in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Hamilton counties who have experienced tragedy with financial assistance. The fund, however, is eager to help wherever they are needed.

"We are wiling to provide help wherever we can," said Studnicky.

After Wayne Bukovinsky's tragedy led to Waynestock - a fundraiser founded to help families in need of assistance after tragedy, the North Country Hardship Fund was formed to continue helping local families.

Waynestock is scheduled for Aug. 7 this year and will add funds to those already raised. Halloween and New Years fundraisers added significant money to the fund coffers.

"We have big plans and working hard," said Studnicky.

Families must apply for assistance from the North Country Hardship Fund and application assistance is available where needed.

For more information, visit the North Country Hardship Fund, Inc. Facebook page.

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