Nearly two weeks after a flash flood swamped Naugatuck, friends, family and even strangers are pitching in to make sure a once-flooded nursery school is back up and running for the start of the school year.
Tender Years suffered significant damage during the flooding and they were forced to throw out their supplies.
Now the community is coming together to help the school out.
Teresa Paternoster said the heavy rain, which flooded their space in the basement of the Congregational Church, ruined everything.
"Your teaching tools, all the science kits, math kits. Not just cars and toys, but certain patterned blocks, sequencing things," she said. "We need a train table, we need a Lego table, we need a sandbox and new water table."
That's not even mentioning big items like desks, book shelves, computers, a copy machine and refrigerator. They said a lot of the conservative estimates puts their loss at $38,000.
"The insurance won't cover the contents," Stephanie Gunnoud-Savoy said. "The school will get rebuilt, but we need to get it filled."
Gunnoud-Savoy's niece goes to the school. A public adjuster by day, she's heading up a toy and supply drive to get the school back on its feet.
Word is spreading and already people are chipping in.
"The community has been fantastic," Paternoster said. "We just got a supply of construction paper yesterday from a woman. We don't even know her."
And while there's plenty of work to be done, they're determined to be ready to go on Sept. 4, the first day of school.
"It's overwhelming the amount of support coming from the community," Gunnoud-Savoy said. "But, it's no surprise. That's what Naugatuck does best."
For now the building is off limits and just the staff has been allowed inside to clean up.
As for the toy drive, will be located across the street from the Naugatuck Green on Sunday from 1-3 p.m.
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