Saint Michael's student-athletes helping in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College student-athletes have been lending a hand to aid the recovery efforts of those affected by the recent Superstorm Sandy, in particular in the Connecticut, New Jersey and New York tri-state area.

Prior to traveling to the University of Bridgeport for a tournament this past weekend, women's basketball performed an impromptu drive to collect articles of clothing and imperishable food items for residents in the Bridgeport area affected by the storm. In a little more than a day of collection, eight garbage bags and two boxes of goods were organized and donated.

This week, the women's ice hockey team has initiated collection drives at sporting events that will involve the Saint Michael's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Community members are being asked to donate warm clothing and cleaning supplies, which will be delivered to centers in Manasquan, N.J., which is less than 20 miles from New York City.

During Wednesday's basketball doubleheader in the Ross Sports Center, where the women tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the men begin at 7:30 p.m., members of the women's ice hockey team and SAAC will accept donations throughout the twin bill. Patrons generous enough to donate will receive a free baked good, as well as a raffle ticket making them eligible to win a halftime prize of a Saint Michael's basketball sweatshirt at each contest. During the women's ice hockey games at Cairns Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m., women's basketball and SAAC members will accept donations.

Among the cleaning and disaster supplies the New Jersey centers have suggested are kitchen and work gloves, detergent, bleach, brooms, mops, garbage bags, respiratory dust masks, and flashlights and batteries of all types. Items will be delivered to the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan and to the Manasquan United Methodist Church. To donate directly online, visit the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan and Manasquan United Methodist Church websites.