Pioneers Reach Out to Hurricane Victims

News Story: January 8, 2013
 Hurricane Sandy Vigil
Broad Channel Clean-up
Christmas Toy Drive

While Sacred Heart University sustained minimal damage during Hurricane Sandy, many of our friends and neighbors weren’t so lucky. During the storm and its aftermath, SHU provided housing to students from the University of Bridgeport who had been evacuated from their low-lying campus. University staff members were on hand to provide meals, charging stations, protection and other necessities to students and guests.

Many of the towns and cities that our students call home in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut were severely impacted. As a result, students, faculty and staff came together to support victims of the hurricane through a variety of programs. These included:

  • A vigil on Election Night organized by Student Government where the University community donated personal hygiene items, items for infants, cleaning supplies, water, batteries and cash for storm victims
  • Participation in cleanup of storm-stricken Fairfield beaches
  • A drive for Thanksgiving food items that focused on donations to those areas most impacted by the storm
  • A collection by Student-Athlete Support Services during football and volleyball games that included sweaters, sweats, scarves, coats, gloves, hats, boots, blankets and other cold-weather items for the storm victims
  • A day trip to Broad Channel in Queens for cleanup in support of friends of the University who were severely impacted by the hurricane
  • A toy drive spearheaded by nursing student Cathleen Reddan to give back to her storm-stricken hometown of Island Park, N.Y. Her efforts resulted in a donation of $1,800 of toys to the Island Park school district.
  • Time donated by members of the fencing team to referee bouts at a tournament at Fairfield Fencing Academy to raise money for the victims of the hurricane; Jim Roberts, director of the Academy, is a SHU graduate and a former captain of the SHU fencing team

Because the impact of this storm will be felt for a long time to come, the Sacred Heart community will continue to look for ways to support its victims and provide relief.