Seven years after Katrina destroyed neighborhoods, killed more than 1,800 people and caused some $108 billion in damage, those living in the northeast are being faced with the same devastation. The chaos wrought by Superstorm Sandy, the homes tossed from their foundations, the boats found on the road and train tracks, and the landmarks buried beneath seawater delivered a gut-wrenching deja vu of Hurricane Katrina, especially to those living in the New York/New Jersey areas. Now, residents are faced with the long and daunting task of cleaning up debris, restoring homes, and returning to life as they knew it.
As you may or may not know, I am from Island Park, NY. Island Park was slammed by Superstorm Sandy as it was one of the hardest hit areas on Long Island. For quite some time I had little to no contact with family and friends. I could only receive updates from what I saw on the news and posted on social media sites. Now that I have been able to communicate with those back home, I have found out more and more devastating news.
After hearing how badly my town was affected by this storm, I have felt a strong desire to help my community as it has been very supportive of me throughout my life and softball career. I have started this fundraiser to help Island Park, and specifically the Little League program get back on its feet and give players the same opportunity I had to play the game thats made me who I am today. The money raised will go towards purchasing new equipment as most of it was lost and damaged from the intense floods that occurred. It will also go towards tuition fees for those families who have spent most of their income on rebuilding their homes and other essentials.
I would like to thank you in advance for donating to my fundraiser. Some faired better than others through this storm however, many families were left with nothing. I can assure you your donation will not go unnoticed in this small community as the residents are appreciative of everything they get.
Thank You Again!
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