Piscataway, N.J. (Nov. 20, 2012) - A group of seven Rutgers University student-athletes and staff packed a van filled with food, water and clothing donated by members of the Rutgers Athletic family and returned to Union Beach, N.J., on Monday, Nov. 19 to assist the needs of the beach community.
“I couldn't believe the devastation that I saw in Union Beach,” commented senior men’s soccer goalkeeper Kevin McMullen. “It didn't really occur to me how much hardship people from the shore are still experiencing until we all saw it for ourselves. Everyone was shocked and felt terrible for all the families that suffered.
“I was very humbled by the whole experience,” said McMullen. “Although I felt very proud for doing my small part in the relief efforts, I realize now that they need so much more help and there's plenty more to do, even though it may feel as though everything is back to normal away from it all.
“One thing that really hit home was a sign that read ‘put down the camera and help!’ in front of a house that was completely destroyed,” continued McMullen. “We all realized we were taking pictures at this point and just felt awful despite us trying to help as much as possible. I urge anyone and everyone to go and help out with the relief effort because these families really need a lot more help than most of us think. This was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but I still feel like I need to do more knowing how much there is to do.”
If you would like to donate supplies such as food, water, clothing, children toys/books and cleaning supplies to the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, please contact Shawn Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org .