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Supporting Sandy Relief

Friday, January 04, 2013

By Chelsea Brumagen '13 and Ken Jubie

When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, more than 80 Siena students, along with communities in New York and New Jersey, were among the people impacted by the devastating storm. In true Franciscan spirit, Siena has been rallying together to help people in need.

Katie Marino ’13 is among the leaders of the relief effort. Marino said, “When the storm hit it wasn’t a question of are we going to do something, it was what are we going to do?”

Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy Associate Director Judy Dougherty ’06 said Marino and other volunteers helped to raise approximately $1,500. They collected the money at a men’s basketball game and in the residence and dining halls. Dougherty said all of the money was donated to the relief effort through the American Red Cross. 

Marino also worked with other groups on campus to make the relief effort a community project. She partnered with residential life to set up a goods collection. Everything they collected went to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

Helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has been a humbling experience for Marino. “Working at the Franciscan Center, you realize every single day that there are other people out there that are less fortunate than you,” Marino said. “Whatever problems you have, people have bigger problems and I feel like going to Siena and learning about the Franciscan tradition, it really just grounds you and makes you realize how lucky we really are.”

Along with cash donations and the goods drive, Siena students donated more than $1,400 dollars in meal plan bonus dollars. That money will be used to purchase laundry detergent, trash bags, cleaning supplies and other materials that will help Franciscan communities in Seaside Heights and Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The goods will be stuffed into the Siena College bus and delivered at the beginning of the spring semester.

Photo courtesy of the American Red Cross

Contact: Ken Jubie
Contact E-mail: communications@siena.edu

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