Delaware Valley College student launches backpack drive to help kids displaced by Sandy

Nov 08, 2012

When DelVal student Laci Olivia contacted the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Sandy relief she found out students need basic school supplies in N.J.

“After speaking with a volunteer working at the Red Cross Shelter in Tuckerton, N.J. I was informed that the students there are without the necessary supplies for school, including backpacks, notebooks, pencils…” said Olivia. “These are all things that we take for granted, but to a child they represent normalcy, especially if you will be attending a new school due to your family’s home literally being washed away.”

She is spearheading a project to put together backpacks for these kids containing:

Three notebooks
Two folders
Five pencils in a pencil case
A package of crayons
A lunchbox
A ruler

“People were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Olivia. “Many people have lost businesses, their homes, and in some cases even family members. Many organizations and individuals have made substantial efforts towards helping those affected by the storm. We really need to get involved in helping those displaced pick up the pieces.”

Olivia said donations of clothing, blankets, nonperishables, and other supplies are pouring in at shelters, but the need for school supplies has not yet been addressed.

She will deliver the backpacks to the Red Cross Shelter in Tuckerton, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

How to help:

Grab some friends and put a backpack together. Please bring all completed backpacks to House 1 (the first house on the right if you come in the New Britain Road entrance to the College) by Nov. 15. Students on campus can bring donations to R.A. Laci's room (Samuel 101) by Nov. 16. Students should bring a list of t-shirt sizes when they drop off donations. Students who donate will get “I sent Hurricane Sandy backPACKING” t-shirts.