Teacher Delivers Relief Items To Staten Island Victims

Once a fully functioning thoroughfare, this road is now covered by sand deposits carried by rising waters in Staten Island, NY.

Once a fully functioning thoroughfare, this road is now covered by sand deposits carried by rising waters in Staten Island, NY.

Avalon teacher Tom Black delivered donated items last Wednesday for Staten island refugees devastated by superstorm Sandy.

Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Atlantic seaboard October 28-29 leaving millions without power and countless others homeless.

Black, a Brooklyn native, decided to take the donated goods based on stories from family and friends living in the area.

“As Catholics we gotta try to help people,” said Black.

Avalon and Brookewood families, as well as local friends of Black, brought items to The Avalon School days before Black’s departure.

A car's trunk door ripped above it's roof due to the force of Superstorm Sandy in Staten Island, NY.

A car’s trunk door ripped above it’s roof due to the force of Superstorm Sandy in Staten Island, NY.

After filling the van, Black transported the products to St. Claire Catholic Church in Staten Island, which runs the distribution of relief items.

Sandy hit Staten Island harder than most other regions and while at St. Claire’s Black witnessed a steady stream of people coming to pick up relief items.

The most needed items were cleaning supplies (especially bleach), food, and construction equipment.

Black said it would take months at the least for the area to recover from the devastation.

“I’m doing it again so just keep that in mind.”

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