Birchwood Adopts Family Who Lost Everything

This home is typical of many in Lindenhurst that sustained significant damage.
This home is typical of many in Lindenhurst that sustained significant damage.

Community shows compassion and support for Lindenhurst family.

“When we got word of this specific family in Lindenhurst who were significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we acted immediately,” said South Huntington’s Birchwood Intermediate School Principal Anthony Ciccarelli. “They lost everything in their home and need to basically start over.”

Birchwood’s student council got busy and with the help of their advisors Ms. D’Elia and Ms. Katehis, and Assistant Principal Ms. Annie Michaelian, the student council developed a program to help their adopted family rebuild their lives. Donations are delivered to the family on a weekly basis with each grade at Birchwood concentrating on an assigned donation group.

The following letter went home to the Birchwood community and this is such an important endeavor we invite anyone in the South Huntington community to get involved.

We are requesting new, wrapped donations to provide this family with a new beginning and a fresh start. There are 2 adults and 4 children ranging from ages 6-16. Donations will be accepted through the end of February 2013. If you decide to send in an item donation, please have your child place it in the shopping cart outside of the main office. Cash and gift card donations need to be put in an envelope labeled Adopt a Family and sent to the main office by the classroom teacher. The student council representatives and officers will deliver donations to the family on a weekly basis. 

Each grade level has been assigned donations that are grade level specific. Please adhere to the donations designated for your childs grade level.  Please see below:

 

Grade 3 Donations: Bath and Linens

Queen sheet sets

Queen comforter set

3 sheet sets for boys: ages 16,13,12

3 comforter sets for boys: ages 16, 13, and 12

1 sheet set for girl: age 6

1 comforter set for girl: age 6

Bath towels

Hand towels

Washcloths

Gift cards to Bed, Bath, and Beyond

 

Grade 4 Donations: Kitchen

Pots

Pans

Dishes

Mixing bowls

Tupperware

Any kitchen gadget (no knives)

Gift cards to Target

Grade 5 Donations: Home Improvements

Tools (socket set, screw driver set, pliers set, Allen wrench set, & tool box)

Cleaning supplies (Windex, Clorox, Lysol, etc.)

Laundry detergent

Paper towels

Toilet paper

Gift cards to Home Depot or Lowe’s

 

IF YOU DECIDE TO DONATE ANY TOOLS and/or UTENSILS PLEASE DO NOT SEND THE DONATION (S) ON THE BUS. PLEASE HAVE AN ADULT DROP THEM OFF AT BIRCHWOOD.

In addition the family is in need of furniture, a washer and dryer, appliances, and bedroom sets. For these items, please send in gift cards to Raymour and Flannigan or cash so that they may purchase what they need. Please make sure to put them in an envelope labeled Adopt a Family.”

We are confident that the Birchwood community will come together and assist this family. Thank you in advance for your generosity and thoughtfulness as we help place this family on the road to recovery.  If you have any questions, please contact the student council advisors: Mrs. D’Elia or Mrs. Katehis.  Thank you!

Birchwood Intermediate School

121 Wolf Hill Road

Melville, NY 11747

(631) 812-3200