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Student Launches Drive to Help Sandy Victims

Eighth-grader Nick Leloia wants to help residents of town were grandparents live.

When Nick Leloia entered the eighth grade this year at Long Valley Middle School, preparing for the leap to high school was probably the most important topic on his mind.

But now, less than three months into the school year, Leloia is focusing his attention outside of the classroom and aiming to help others.

The teen’s grandparents, who live on Bay Head along the barrier islands on the New Jersey Shore, have been displaced since Oct. 31 due to the impact from Hurricane Sandy, Leloia said.

While Leloia’s grandparents are in need, it’s their elderly neighbors the Long Valley resident is trying to help.

Leloia has launched a goods drive, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 27, that is requesting the donation of necessary equipment to help get the Jersey Shore back on its feet, the teen states in a flyer promoting the drive.

The donations will go directly to the National Guard, whose members have been stationed there for nearly a month, Leloia said. The goods will also go to homeowners to help clean their residences. 

The list includes:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Spray bottles
  • Cleaning solutions
  • Bleach
  • Masks
  • Plastic buckets/bins
  • Contractor bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Shovels
  • Brooms/Mops/Dust pans
  • Pet supplies for sheltered animals displaced by the storm
  • Personal items for National Guard members, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and non-perishable food

Monetary donations will be accepted to buy lunch for the National Guard members and other volunteers on the day of donation drop-off.

Donations can be brought to the Long Valley Middle School between Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Dec. 7, or dropped off at 45 Wellington Drive in Long Valley. 

Eileen Stokes November 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Nick, you are a "do-er." Good for you to see a need and to step in and help. I am sure your collection will be a success and much appreciated by those receiving it.
Dorene Rettas November 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Nick, what you are doing is fantastic! You should be extremely proud of yourself.
Kaitlyn Jordan November 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I cant believe my best friend is in the news! Your doing such a great job i miss you so much!!!! Love you!
Indoor Outdoor November 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Congratulations on what you are doing. You set a wonderful example for others.

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