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The effects and damage produced by Hurricane Sandy reached many of the locations supported by St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters. In response to the need of so many New Yorkers, many of our corporate donors and individuals contacted us offering a variety of ways to help - in the form of "Drives." Amanda Reno from CIT told us they were holding a Diaper Drive for the children in our network. Rasheedah Brown and her students at Warren Pre Academy organized a Canned Food Drive to help our Food Pantries. Amtrak's Penn Station Manager Annie Jimenez announced a Coat and Clothing Drive to provide much needed relief to so many of our clients who lost everything. And Marilyn Mauler from Congregation Rodeph Shalom offered a special project from their "Mitzvah Day of Giving" by having their members prepare complete Bag Lunches for residents in our Shelters. These acts of kindness from so many of our friends and supporters reached thousands of the clients we serve.

Collection boxes were placed in the lunch rooms at CIT. Amtrak's coats and clothing were sorted by volunteers.

Canned goods collected by students at Plaza College continued to feed our clients. Members of Congregation Rodeph Shalom prepared tasty bag lunches.

Coats and winter wear were packed for delivery to our locations. Cereal collected in the Drives was bagged for our Food Pantries.

Over 400 sandwiches were prepared to feed the clients at our Shelters. These diapers were soon packed for distribution.

Young volunteers were ready to distribute the canned goods to the hungry.
Clients selected clothing to replace all they lost in the storm.
"Our families truly appreciate your help!"
Healthy fruit drinks completed the bag lunches.
Simple canned goods and non-perishables provided meals to so many.