Brookfield, CT--It has been exactly a month today since Hurricane Sandy slammed the coastline of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Yet as of today, there are over 12,000 people in Staten Island who still do not have electricity and many do not have heat in their homes. Some families are living in tents and some are living in the second floors of their homes, since their first floors were flooded and ruined, yet the owners are afraid to leave their property because it might be looted by thieves. The weather is getting colder each day and there seems to be no immediate remedy in sight.
In response to this, the Brookfield High School Peer Counselors, under the leadership of Angela Haselwood, one of the Peer Counselor co-advisors who is also one of two BHS School nurses, started a relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island New York. The Peer Counselors have now been joined by students and faculty advisors from other high school clubs such as the National Honor Society, the Key Club, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and FIRST Robotics Team 1099 to name a few.
Brookfield High School is now reaching out to members of the community to bring items from the list below to “Stuff the Bus” They are asking people from Brookfield and surrounding towns to bring some of these items to the bus that will be parked in front of the main entrance to Brookfield HS (45 Long Meadow Hill Road) this Friday, Nov. 30 between 8am and 1:30pm. Also, people can drop off donations at the Brookfield Town Hall, Room 129 (100 Pocono Road) between 8am and 2pm Friday, Nov. 30 only. At 1:30pm the bus will leave the high school and it will go to the Brookfield Town Hall to pick up the donations that were left there as well as the donations that were left earlier at the Brookfield Police Station.
The All Star Transportation Company, which provides the buses that are used for transporting the students from their homes to the schools and back, has generously donated one of their school bus drivers and a school bus for both this Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1st. On Friday, the bus will be stuffed with donations. Then, on Saturday, one of All Star Transportation Company’s drivers will take the bus that has been stuffed with the donations and volunteers made up of students and adults to spend the day in Staten Island, New York. The purpose of the trip will be to help the hurricane victims by giving them the donations and distributing prepared meals to them.
BHS DESPERATELY NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The following items are urgently needed:
Bedding: (Pillows, sleeping bags, blankets, sheets, air mattresses)
Warm Clothing: Clean jackets, coats, gloves, heavy socks, winter boots, etc.
Cleaning supplies:(anything to help clean floors, walls, sinks, etc—soaps and cleaning products, buckets, mops, paper towels, sponges)
Toiletries: (soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes, hand towels, wash cloths, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, diapers, toilet paper, rubber gloves, etc.)
Food: Non-perishable food—does not need to be frozen or refrigerated such as canned goods or things sold in bags that do not need to be refrigerated. Bottled water and can openers.
Items for pets: Dog or cat food
Misc: candles, matches, lighters, flashlights, batteries (all sizes), battery operated lanterns, etc.
Outdoor items: Shovels, rakes, etc.
For more information, please contact Brookfield HS 203-775-7725
Angela Haselwood at ext. 7788 or Sue Troupe at ext. 7746