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Irene hit salon helps Sandy hit salon

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Some stylists in Schoharie County are banding together to send donations down to Queens to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. As our Maria Valvanis reports, the women are sharing donations and experiences after making it through Irene themselves last summer.

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -- "When I looked at the picture, it put me right back and I just knew where she was, you know," said Leslie Price.

It's a story that hits too close to home. Strands hair salon was destroyed by the waters of Superstorm Sandy, exactly like Irene destroyed J-Lacy. The Main Street salon is back open for business, something that owner Leslie Price says is thanks to help from strangers.

"In the back of my mind, you're always thinking how can I ever pay this back," said Price.

Well, now they are. The ladies were put in touch with Strands owner, Diane Liello, through Price's sister and have two trucks full of donations heading her way.

"Not just to give her the physical things, but to give her the words of encouragement. I know where she is six weeks out. It's raw, it's not a good feeling."

Stylist Susan Trendell said, "We're not only there to give, we want to spend the day cleaning up and see what they need."

Price is even having t-shirts made that say 'Salon by Storms, Sisters Forever' on one side and 'Irene and Sandy, Kiss our Scissors' on the back.

"It's giving me cold chills just thinking about it. It's going to be great to give that to them," said Trendell.

The ladies head out Friday afternoon. Price says it's important to note Schoharie still has a long way to go in their own recovery. But they had to make sure Sandy victims know they aren't alone.

"The village still has businesses that need to be filled, homes that need to be filled. We still have a long way to go, but we're in a lot better shape than they are."

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