Somers High School Students Collect Donations for Belle Harbor

Students and staff are eager to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. They will travel to Far Rockaway on Saturday to deliver supplies and help with recovery efforts.

Somers High School students and staff have organized a drive to collect donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy on Belle Harbor. 

"I'm very proud of the kids for wanting to do this," said SHS Principal Mark Bayer, who was approached by the students on Tuesday. "I wanted to honor their request to do something and give them the opportunity to see their planning go into actions."

Students are collecting donations (monetary and supply) until Friday, Nov. 9. All of the monetary donations will be going directly to buy supplies and/or food to help the victims. People who are compelled to help can made a monetary donation at a collection box in the attendance office, library, counseling office, or principal’s office at the high school. 

Bayer told Patch the school has been touched by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in Belle Harbor. The school's nurse's sister lost her house in Queens, while her niece suffered extensive damages to her home in a neighborhood where at least 20 homes were destroyed by fires.

Supplies needed are: 

  • Non-perishable food items, canned goods, etc. 
  • Baby Food and Baby Formula
  • Baby Wipes or Handi-Wipes 
  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, hand sanitizer) 
  • Work gloves 
  • Warm Socks (new) 
  • Hats, gloves, and scarves. 
  • Blankets (new only) 
  • Towels 
  • Stuffed Animals (new or lightly used) 

Collection boxes for supplies will be placed in the lobby area outside of the Special Education office. 

Students will volunteer in different ways by sorting donated supplies after school on Friday, assembling bagged lunches and loading the bus with the donated supplies on Saturday morning.  

As of Thursday afternoon, the outpouring of support has been tremendous – abotu 47 students had signed up to travel to Far Rockaway to help with the distribution of supplies.

"Lots of interest and limited space," Bayer said. 

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