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As an area that was largely spared from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, Southwest Brooklyn continues to play a crucial role in the coordination of volunteers and supplies bound for storm relief and recovery efforts in other neighborhoods.
A news item in the 112-year-old Rockaway community newspaper The Wave highlights some of the work being done by students and faculty at Xaverian High School [7100 Shore Road] for the storm-ravaged peninsula.
From The Wave:
A uniform and everyday goods drive was organized immediately after the storm in order to help students return to their everyday school routines as quickly as possible. Additionally, faculty members have been aiding in the cleanup process in the areas hardest hit by the storm each weekend. Middle school students organized a wonderful drive to create customized care packages containing gift cards and everyday items that families lost during the storm.
The piece mentions how “the Interact Club,” a community service club at the Catholic college prep school sponsored by the Rotary Club of Verrazano, has “organized a bake sale and raffle in order to raise money for the Graybeards” – a basketball league-turned local aid organization in Rockaway.
Xaverian students have also reportedly put together a Toys for Tots donation drive aimed at children affected by Sandy.