The New Year brings new hope for community and town leaders hit by flooding

PODS Moving and Storage of Albany donates free storage to philanthropist couple who are helping to restore Schoharie County after severe flooding

Online PR News – 13-January-2012 – – When one of the largest storms in 70 years devastated upstate New York, leaving flood damaged homes and buildings in its wake, the community rallied together to help restore the hardest hit areas. Leading the charge were Peter and Karen DeBartolo, selfless residents of Middleburg and heads of a local organization, Fields of Grace Outreach, who immediately began helping others despite the fact that their own home had been severely damaged by the floods,

PODS Moving and Storage of Albany recognized that a huge need existed in the community for storage to safely and securely store items that weren’t ruined by the floods and when David Tracey, territory manager of PODS Albany, heard that the DeBartolo’s were putting the needs of others before themselves, he immediately stepped up to help.

“I was shocked to find out that the DeBartolo’s had no alternative way of storing items for those in need or for themselves other than placing property in a tent outside,” said Tracey. “Mr. DeBartolo tragically lost a valuable book collection, most of his furniture and 27 years of precious belongings. I was more than happy to donate a PODS® container to this family that has been such an integral part in helping those less fortunate in their community.”

In the past four months, the DeBartolo’s have been able to successfully restore and clean up one room in their home so that they and their four sons were able to spend Christmas together.

“I don’t know what we would have done without the PODS® container,” said Karen DeBartolo. “We have not been able to bring any of the items we salvaged back into the house during the cleaning process.”

“As a long-time resident of this community, my heart goes out to those still facing the horrendous damage done by Hurricane Irene,” said Tracey “I’m so proud to be a part of a business that believes in giving back to help those in need.”

PODS Albany is also providing free delivery as a part of a bundle package to help the flooding victims. To learn more about moving and storage services from PODS, call (518) 861-6259.

Field of Grace Outreach
Field of Grace Outreach is a 501(c) nonprofit organization designed to help develop the potential of youth and young adults through a variety of programs and positive activities. Fields of Grace also provides disaster and humanitarian relief to help the disadvantaged. Recently, the organization began “ROOMS of HOPE” which helps provide resources and funds for victims of Hurricane Irene to rebuild their homes. For more information, visit

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Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 250,000,000 million consumers and businesses, in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the U.K., through its company-owned and independent franchise network. To date, the PODS network has completed more than 330,000 long-distance relocations, exceeded 1.8 million deliveries and has over 143,000 PODS® containers in service.

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