JACKSON TWP — The Seneca Valley School District is donating athletic gear and apparel to a New Jersey town ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The school board approved the action at a meeting Monday night and will send boxes full of gear to Ocean City, N.J., in the coming days.
Athletic director Heather Lewis said Tuesday she is joining up with other athletic directors in the WPIAL to accumulate donations.
As of now, Lewis has assembled three boxes full of tracksuits and T-shirts. Most of the donated apparel is unused and of no value to the district.
Lewis said she’s in the process of gathering sweatshirts and sweatpants and that she could send out upwards of six or seven boxes to the distressed area.
“When you look at what happened in New Jersey, you’ve got families whose lives were literally washed away,” Lewis said. “I can’t imagine that, waking up one day realizing you have nothing.”
It shouldn’t be long until children in the affected area are walking around with the Seneca Valley logo emblazoned on their clothing. Lewis said she hopes to ship out the donations by this weekend.
Most of the donated material comes from summer camps where officials previously over-ordered clothing. The extra inventory mainly has been sitting unused in spare closets, Lewis said.
While the school’s donation might not put a large dent in the plethora of problems facing disaster victims, Lewis is confident a little bit of help will go a long way.
“Winter is approaching,” she said. “If we can get clothes on the backs of kids and get some jackets for warmth, I think that’s a small piece but a significant contribution to moving forward.”