South Orangetown coat drive aids Sandy victims

Volunteer Santina Peralta organizes clothing donations at the

Volunteer Santina Peralta organizes clothing donations at the Piermont firehouse, which has been set up as a relief and donation center following the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. (Nov. 4, 2012) (Credit: Faye Murman)

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the South Orangetown Central School District's annual Lend-A-Hand Coat Drive was held last weekend at the William O. Schaefer School in Tappan.

After requests from local families were filled, The Nyack Homeless Project, a nonprofit volunteer group that encourages children, teens, adults and their communities to help those in need in winter, received bags of coats remaining at the end of the drive, according to a district news release Thursday.

The Nyack organization will be giving the coats to a group that has pledged to get 50,000 coats to Breezy Point by Thanksgiving. Bags of backpacks filled with school supplies and bags of food went to People to People, and pet supplies were sent to HiTor animal shelter, the release said.

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