The Catalog Responds to Hurricane Sandy
Fortunately, our program infrastructures were spared the worst of the storm; but many program participants were displaced from homes and schools turned into shelters, and are turning to our programs for additional support.
- Row New York lost its ramp that allows disabled participants to take part in the adaptive rowing program.
- Children of Promise collected and distributed hoards of supplies to its families in need.
- Stoked is hosting a day of service on Saturday so its participants and supporters can help clean up Far Rockaway Beach, where their surf mentoring program operates.
- Breakthrough New York scheduled special tutoring programs so its children wouldn’t fall behind while schools were closed.
- Children at one school where I challenge Myself operates were forced to relocate schools for the second time since September due to structural damage.
So the truth is that children in vulnerable communities need programs like ours every day, not only in the wake of disaster. One director wrote of the importance of maintaining normalcy:
"Many of the youth we serve already have destabilized lives, and this sort of event adds significantly to their fears and worries. Programs supported by the Catalog are enormously important sources of comfort and support for these kids. That is true every single day, but especially after an event like Hurricane Sandy."
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