Reporting Christie Ileto
CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Pencils, coats and cleaning supplies are just a few of the items one Baltimore County school is sending to New Jersey victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Christie Ileto has more.
Between 50 and 60 boxes full of donated supplies sit stacked at the DH Moving and Storage Facility in Elkridge, ready to head to Keansburg, N.J. It’s an area just across from Staten Island and it’s still reeling from Sandy.
“I gave paper towels, school supplies,” said first-grader Morgan Keating.
“Batteries!” said six-year-old Jake O’Malley.
Chloe Menkhaus even shipped off her favorite stuffed animal.
“I just gave it away because they might have lost one in the storm and it was a well-loved teddy bear,” she said.
Students and faculty at Catonsville Elementary accepted the donated items over the weekend. They used Facebook to decide where to send those donations.
Special ed teacher Nicole White was the brains behind the collection effort.
“I ended up finding a Facebook group that linked schools in need with schools that wanted to help,” White said. “[We were] linked up with Keansburg High School in Keansburg, N.J.”
Once White figured out which New Jersey school was going to get their help, it didn’t take long for students at Catonsville Elementary to jump in and help.
“The kids had expressed they wanted to donate things and not just monetary donations,” said Catonsville teacher May McGowen.
“This is just a sample size of what’s on the other truck,” said Evan Phillips, DH Moving & Storage.
The moving company has the boxes of donated items in moving trucks ready to head north.
“The kids collected all month of November,” Phillips said.
The school community says they happily collected the donated items for delivery, hoping to ease the lingering impact of the wild October storm.
“I hope they feel good because we gave them the stuff and things that they have lost,” said Keating.
DH Moving & Storage says they expect to deliver the donated items to Keansburg early next week.