BRISTOL, R.I. – As residents of New York and New Jersey continue to dig out from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, members of the Roger Williams University are coming together to show their support and assist in hurricane relief efforts.
On Friday, Nov. 9, a university service group – RWU Cares – partnered with Cardi’s Furniture and Arpin Van Lines to sponsor a food and clothing drive for victims of the hardest-hit areas of New York and New Jersey.
“We have a lot of students, faculty and staff who were affected by Hurricane Sandy – their families were affected and there’s still a lot of people in really rough shape. It’s like a war zone. But even if we had no one affected by the hurricane we would be doing this just because RWU really does care. This is one of our core values, to do this sort of thing.”
From blankets, coats and underwear to peanut butter, crackers and toilet paper, every donation mattered, says event coordinator Scott Yonan.
“We’ve got freezing temperatures down there and people have little or no shelter and they need to stay warm,” Yonan said. “There’s no donation that’s too small. I had one student who just showed up with two cans of Progresso soup and she said, ‘well I wish I could do more.’ Well you know what? She just fed a couple of people tonight. She doesn’t need to do more, that’s awesome that she did that.”
Yonan and his team collected donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Within ten minutes of opening the collection area, Yonan’s SUV was already filled capacity. The RWU donations were delivered to Cardi’s Furniture in Swansea, Mass., by 2 p.m.
“The devastated neighborhoods have been earmarked by Cardi’s people and they will have this stuff we donated tonight,” he said. “That’s the coolest thing – there’s no overhead involved. One hundred percent of what’s being given today will end up in the hands of people who needed it today.”