Schools collect donations for Sandy relief
By Cristina Kumka
STAFF WRITER | November 08,2012
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A sign outside the auditorium at West Pawlet’s Mettawee Community School Wednesday asked students and staff to drop off donations for Hurricane Sandy victims.
At least four schools are not soon forgetting the impact Tropical Storm Irene had on this state and are now giving back to those in a similar situation.
In West Pawlet at the Mettawee Community School, students and staff have decided to make the school a drop-off location for donations for Superstorm Sandy victims.
Anyone can drop off donations at the school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. any school day before Thursday, Nov. 15.
According to the school, canned food and cereals are needed, along with juice, bottled water, baby food, diapers, new socks, new underwear, winter coats and accessories, blankets, pillows, toiletries, batteries, cleaning supplies, work gloves, hand and toe warmers and shelf milk.
Brooke and Scott Burnham will be delivering donated items to their hometown community of Point Pleasant and Bricktown, N.J., during the weekend of Nov. 16-18.
Questions may be directed to Brooke at the school at 645-9009.
Also, Killington Mountain School junior Kyle Burcin, originally from Basking Ridge, N.J., has organized a food drive at KMS in conjunction with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. He will personally deliver, with his parents, any food and supplies collected in the next few weeks.
“I wanted to give whatever I could to help the situation,” said Burcin, an alpine ski racer. “Many of these families lost almost everything, and it is currently a struggle for many of them to get everyday necessities including food. I feel extremely fortunate for what I have and want to help these people who are in a very difficult situation. After I saw how Vermont responded to Irene, coming together as a community and facing the problem together, I wanted to try and do the same for my home state.”
According to the school, Burcin has set up boxes labeled “Sandy Food Drive” in the lobby of KMS’ main campus building on Killington Road. He will be accepting donations until Friday, Nov. 16, and will then drive to the New Jersey Community FoodBank in Hillside, N.J., to deliver the donations that weekend.
Canned food is also a necessity there.
At Rutland Town School, if students want to wear a hat this Thursday or Friday, they can if they donate $1 to the American Red Cross for storm relief.
And in Manchester, Burr and Burton Academy is partnering with The Orvis Co. in a donation drive to bring much needed items for victims of the storm in New York and New Jersey.
All area residents and businesses are encouraged to donate relief items at the Orvis Green on Route 7A, in between Orvis’ flagship and outlet stores today and Friday from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Needed supplies include winter clothing, socks, under garments, linens, blankets, non-perishable food items, baby items, bottled water, batteries, kids toys, books, games, puzzles and personal care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body lotion, deodorant, combs and brushes.
Orvis will pack and ship all items collected with the help of Burr and Burton students, faculty and staff.
Don Benasich, Orvis senior manager for outlets and events and organizer of this relief effort, encouraged area residents to “bring it on.”
“This is a time we must all come together and help our family, friends and everyone affected in the devastating aftermath of the storm. Anyone can bring their items to the big tent on the Orvis green and we’ll see to it that it gets to those who need it,” Benasich said in a press release.
Reporter Patrick McArdle contributed to this story.