The Rogers Torch Club “Unidos” won 4th place in the Boys and Girls Club of America’s National Service Project awards, earning themselves $750.00. Their project was Operation: Save Sandy. After about the devastation and about wondering how they could help, they phoned every animal shelter they could find that had been hit by the disaster. The found the Liberty Humane Society in New Jersey, one of the only “no kill shelters” in the state. That was very important to them. What the shelter needed most was blankets for the animals that were being kept there. The shelter’s power was unreliable, everything was wet, and what little resources they had were washed away with the flood. Members were assigned the task of bringing in articles and summaries about anything to do with Hurricane Sandy. They read 26 articles and watched 6 videos about the storm and her affects on the people, economy, and the pets. Once members felt they knew enough to bring awareness to the community, They made over 100 flyers and posted them in their schools and at all 4 Units of the Boys and Girls Club. Boxes were strategically placed at sites for donations of new or gently used blankets. After all the blankets were collected, they sorted them for which could be sent to the shelter and stuffed boxes to ship them along with a letter telling them that they were in the thoughts of club members and they hoped that the blankets would help.
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