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Chicopee Students Raise Money for Storm Victims

chicopee sandy driveCHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Dozens of Chicopee students held a Super Storm Sandy relief drive Saturday.

The storm devastated the New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut coastlines three months ago, and thousands of victims are still living in transitional housing — unable to get back into their homes.

Students from the Fairview and Bellamy Middle Schools collected donations outside of the Knights of Columbus on Memorial Avenue.

They say giving back and getting out in the community is a win-win.

“Down there, there’s still plenty of people are in need of some pretty basic supplies,” say Kris Theriault, principal at Fairview Middle School.

“I feel that I take a lot of things for granted, it makes me feel like i’m doing something special and makes me feel good about it,” says Fairview student Alyssa Vieau.

Fellow student David Sittard adds, “There are people less fortunate than us, and just trying to help them because they don’t have things that we have here today.”

Principal Theriault plans to drive all the supplies to a New Jersey recovery center over February break.

The students are still collecting donations, including non-perishable food items, socks, hats, clothing and monitary donations that will go to the American Red Cross.

You can drop off donations anytime after 2:30 p.m, now through February 15th at Fairview Middle School.

The address is 26 Memorial Avenue in Chicopee.

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