More Kids Helping Kids Affected by Sandy

Mrs. Ramirez’s class at Public School 188 in the East Village section of New York City – a neighborhood that was partially flooded by Hurricane Sandy

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy, most kids in the New York City area and neighboring sections of New Jersey are back in school now.

But some of them are not back in their homes.

And they might not be able to return to those homes for weeks or months – if ever – because of all the damage.

“I know some of them, out in New Jersey,” said Julia Fallows, a student at Russell Elementary School in Broomall, Pennsylvania, in an interview with Philadelphia TV station WPVI.  “And I feel really bad for (them).”

That’s why Julia and other kids at her school decided to collect donations for kids and grownups affected by Sandy.

According to WPVI reporter Matt O’Donnell, they collected enough to fill 20 boxes with cleaning and medical supplies.

“Band aids for people if they got hurt,” Russell student Jacob Bogsch told O’Donnell.  “And toothbrushes, so they can brush their teeth.”

The kids also reportedly collected food, clothes and $500 worth of gift cards — all of it for people who live in a hard hit New Jersey community called Island Heights.

In Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, the kids at Saint Ambrose School have also been collecting donations for New Jersey residents affected by Sandy.

(“Schuylkill” is pronounced SKOO-kull.)

“They’re our next door neighbors,” said eighth-grader Maya Throne, in an interview with WNEP-TV.  “It’s not too far.  And it’s not too much to ask to, you know, give them what they needed.”

By the time the Saint Ambrose kids were finished, they’d filled up a big 18-wheel truck almost completely, according to WNEP reporter Lara Greenberg, with things such as blankets, bleach and baby supplies.

“That could have been us,” Maya told Greenberg, speaking about the storm’s victims.  “It was just really nice to know that people really cared and could come together.”

In Northbridge, Massachusetts, kids at Northbridge Middle School decided to collect one specific item for kids affected by Sandy – books.

“They were on my shelf that I’ve already read,” said Northbridge student Hannah Nicoletti, in an interview with New England Cable News (NECN).  “So I just brought them in.”

“In this type of situation, a lot of people know they need food.  They need the necessities of life,” said Northbridge sixth-grade English teacher Jonathan Flayhan, in an interview with NECN reporter Kristen Carosa.  “But the books are kind of forgotten, you know, how important a book can be in a (kid’s) life.”

“It makes me happy to know that I’m helping kids and adults read,” Northbridge student Jennifer Rea told NECN.

And in Irondequoit, New York, Austin and Grace Shaffer and their little brother Brady launched a donation drive called “Candy for Sandy.”

(Irondequoit is in a part of New York that did not get hit as hard by the storm.)

According to the Irondequoit Post, they got kids at their school – Laurelton Pardee Intermediate School – to donate clothes, blankets, bathroom necessities and non-perishable food.

In return, the Shaffer kids gave each donor a piece of candy – hence, “Candy for Sandy.”

The Shaffers reportedly have a cousin who goes to college in New Jersey.

So they decided to they had to do something to help.

When Post reporter Linda Quinlan asked Austin what he was getting out of the donation drive, he reportedly told her, “nothing.”

“But it makes us feel good,” he added.

All of the kids who donated hope they’ll make the kids who get those donations feel good, too.