2012-08-08 / Community

Philipstown Shines for Sammy

By Tim Greco

The Allen family asked for help, and did they ever get it: On Saturday a steady stream of caring neighbors unloaded hundreds of donated household items to benefit the Lupus Foundation.

By all accounts, the collection was a resounding success. Two large trucks from the Apogee trucking agency in Westbury, Long Island, along with four burly movers, filled both trucks to the roof with donated items.

A young and smiling Sammy Allen, who has been battling lupus (see PCN&R 8/1/12, “Prayers & Love for Sammy Allen”), said: “This makes me very happy,” as she helped load the trucks, with the movers giving her a hand.

During their long ordeal, the Allen family was invited to attend Camp Sunshine in Maine free of cost, shortly after Sammy was diagnosed.

It was at the camp that the Allen family discovered they were not alone and there were others who were also braving this disease. It was fantastic news when Sammy recently went into remission, although she will still need some powerful medication to keep it that way.

The Allens wanted to find a way to pay it forward, so they went online and found out that the Foundation at times arranges for a truck to come and pick up donations, 100 percent of which go directly back to the Lupus Foundation.

It was then that Tom and Jackie put a plan in motion arrange a pickup.

Jackie tearfully said of the day, “This went beyond our wildest expectations.” She noted that some residents donated over $2,000 to the cause, and one neighbor even offered counseling services free of charge.

One neighbor who was unloading a truck at the site said, “I was going to have my own tag sale, but when I read about Sammy in the PCN&R, I changed my mind. I just wanted her to know she was not alone.”

The Allens wanted to thank the community for their kindness. They also plan to have the truck come back in September.

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