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Saint Anselm Students Help in Sandy Relief Effort

December 06, 2012

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

Two groups of Saint Anselm College students traveled to New Jersey and New York recently to assist in the clean up of areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The volunteer trips were in addition to donations of cash and supplies sent by the college.

The Office of Campus Ministry organized the weekend service trips including to Manahawkin, N.J., where students helped with a non-profit organization,  Jersey Cares, from Nov. 16 - 18. The 17  students were present as families in Manahawkin were finally allowed to enter their homes which were scheduled to be razed. The trip was highlighted by National Public Radio's "Here and Now" show.

Sandy relief volunteer groupTwenty-two students traveled to New York from Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, to work with Gerristen Beach Cares in Brooklyn on Saturday and Staten Island Recovers, Staten Island on Sunday. Student leaders responsible for upcoming Service and Solidarity trips led the weekend trips which included 11 Knights of Columbus and a staff member.

In addition, the college community has gathered monetary donations for Catholic Charities and material donations including clothing and food to deliver to a parish in Rockville Center, NY.

"A man who I helped told me that ‘Humanity is re-writing history, and in a time like this, you rely on your neighbors,' " said Cat Pellino, criminal justice major of the class of 2014. "It was an amazing experience to have such an impact on one man's life."