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Students organize Hurricane Sandy relief effort

Pace Law students Kiera Fitzpatrick and Patrick Van Hall working Hurricane Sandy Relief table

 

Hurricane Sandy hit the Pace Law community hard but our students responded with tremendous energy, organizing a Hurricane Relief Drive that drew the support of the whole school.

Kiera Fitzpatrick, 1L, and Patrick Van Hall, 2L, who are featured in the photo above, spearheaded the Drive. Operating from a table outside the cafeteria, their team collected cash as well as clothes, cleaning supplies, and other necessities for the people in some of the hardest hit areas of Brooklyn—neighborhoods that many from the Pace Law community call “home.”

“At its very core, the law is a helping profession,” said Angie D’Agostino, Dean for Students, as she thanked the team for their extraordinary outpouring of time and energy and the Pace Law community for their generosity.

The team of student volunteers sorted and boxed the contributions, filling 20 moving cartons and dozens of large garbage bags. The students delivered six car loads of donations to key points in Brooklyn for distribution to local residents.

Cash, more than $1,000 collected during the five days of the Drive, was given to the Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund. Every penny raised will go towards purchasing building supplies to help rebuild Breezy Point, a community that was not only flooded but which also experienced devastating fires.

Pace Law alums have also taken up the effort. Janice Dean, Class of ’05, says there is a tremendous need for volunteers, especially people who could be available mid-week to unpack donations, help with food, etc. She can be reached at janiceadean@gmail.com  If anyone can donate, please investigate the wish list: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1WGTSB0MJWRSA/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ws_VFqPqb085FVK2

“Our Pace family has once again shown great strength at a time when so many are in need,” said Dean D’Agostino.