Canajoharie Central School seeks donations to help family after house fire

When Canajoharie Central School District social worker Lindsey Hodge heard about the fire that destroyed the home of students attending her school, she knew she had to help.

The blaze, which occurred July 27, tore through the home in Palatine Bridge. The family, including eight children ages 5 to 17, lost everything.

When Hodge found out about the tragedy, she sent an email to the staff at Canajoharie Central School District asking for donations. Not only did the staff respond, but they shared the request with many friends in the community.

“Our school family, as well as many others in our community, support our students’ family during this time of need. We hope our contributions bring some comfort and hope,” Canajoharie Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw said. “Our social worker, Mrs. Lindsey Hodge, is the district’s contact person for donations including meals for the family.”

The family’s immediate needs are food, play items, and gift cards to local stores, such as Price Chopper and Wal-Mart, as well as restaurant and gas cards.

Hodge is also looking for individuals to donate crock-pot meals. Interested residents should contact Hodge via email with the meal they plan to make and any dates in August they are unavailable to make the meal.

Residents who would like to donate items or gift cards should contact Hodge at