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Collection drives benefit Sandy victims

Posted: November 20, 2012 - 1:31pm
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Briana Gallo, 14, helps pack up donated items Friday. The items will be distributed to people in the Northeast who were affected by superstorm Sandy in late October.    NIKASHA DICKS/STAFF
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Briana Gallo, 14, helps pack up donated items Friday. The items will be distributed to people in the Northeast who were affected by superstorm Sandy in late October.

When superstorm Sandy hit in late October, Briana Gallo felt compelled to do something.

“I use to live in New Jersey, so it hurt me when I saw the pain people were going through,” said the 14-year-old freshman at North Augusta High School.

After talking with her parents about what she could do to help, she approached teacher Stephanie Ramey to organize a Jeans and Blankets drive at the school.

“Anything to keep (storm victims) warm,” said Briana.

Her 12-year-old sister, Britney, also got involved and the Beta Club at Paul Knox Middle School collected items such as diapers and cleaning supplies.

Friday, the Gallo family picked up the donated items from the schools. All together, there were about two truck beds full of items, said their mother, Delia.

Briana said she was glad to see people at her school get involved.

“It’s really nice,” she said.

Others have also got involved in collection efforts.

Mossy Creek Elementary School partnered with American Legion Post 71 to collect items such as bottled water, paper products, hygiene items and nonperishable food to create survival kits for those affected by Sandy.

“We have a lot to be thankful for, let’s share those blessings with those in need,” stated a flyer listing suggested items for the survival kits.

The Gallo family will take the items to churches and organizations in the affected areas this week so they can be distributed to those in need, said Delia Gallo.

They also plan to volunteer and help wherever they can, she added.

The American Red Cross is continuing its efforts and providing assistance to those affected by the storm. For information on making a monetary donation or how to help, visit www.redcross.org.

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