The Mello-Dear Bingo Hall in Owego, a flood victim and cleaning crew distribution center, is seeing people from all over the east coast, returning "Home" to Owego, with loving donations from their communities. With tears in their eyes, they tell us they grew up in Owego, and had to come back to help somehow. They not only bring donations, but they are putting them out in designated areas within the center. We had a truck load of items collected in the community of High Point North Carolina, nearly took 10 minutes for two men to unload, food, cleaning items, personal care items, many in unopened cases. Some employers in these communities pitched in with donations, and these "Former Owegoans" drove the distance to deliver their "Loads of love". We have seen donations from North Carolina, Trumansburg, Rochester, Liverpool, Yonkers, Brooklyn, Syracuse. Many more I can't remember and keep up with. Within those communities, I've heard they are getting donations from as far away as Texas. Let it be known. Owego/Apalachin and the Southern Tier has not been forgotten. I believe we could be the Most loved small town in America".