CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) — For Amber Porterfield and her four children, their Christmas tree and ornaments mean so much this year.
“It’s wonderful that everyone came together to help out and give us a Christmas,” she said.
Porterfield, her fiancé, and children had their world turned upside down when severe flooding damaged their Bullskin Township home in September.
“We just kind of take everything day by day and hope for the best,” she said.
The family, like so many others in the Connellsville area, have heavily relied on the Connellsville Flood Recovery Center for help. The center has given multiple families food and they’ve teamed up with the Laurel Highlands School District to help the flood victims celebrate this holiday season.
The middle school raised money and art teacher Susan Wilson was able to stretch that dollar.
“We made snowflakes out of clay, we made snowflakes out of clothes pins. We recycled old light bulbs and made snowmen,” Wilson said.
Thirty students in seventh and eighth grades took their creativity and turned in into a loving gesture.
“They’ve been busy. My rooms have been like Santa’s workshop,” Wilson said.
They call it the art of being kind and it’s not taken for granted. The dozens who’ve lost so much, without this kindness, would be celebrating much differently.
“We would be drawing a tree on our living room wall,” Porterfield said.
It’s emotional and overwhelming.
Things don’t end here. The community is also doing a toy drive to help out as well.