Jul 26, 2014
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PICTURE: Monsignor Donovan Helps in Sandy Relief Effort

Students and staff at Monsignor Donovan took an active role in raising money, collecting goods and participating in relief after Hurricane Sandy struck in October.

PICTURE: Monsignor Donovan Helps in Sandy Relief Effort

Saint Joseph Church, Monsignor Donovan High School and Saint Joseph's Grade School banded together to begin relief efforts for those in need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, providing food and goods, raising funds and assisting LBI homeowners with cleanup.

Fans who attended the Nov. 9 football game against Jackson Liberty High School donated 25 boxes of supplies and food to the St. Joseph Food pantry and $1,800 was donated to the Hurricane Relief Fund.

Father G. Scott Shaffer organized a collection of food, clothing, paper products and bedding that filled a tractor trailer for first responders.  Students are continuing to place spare change into large collection containers at the schools' cafeterias.

Athletes from Monsignor Donovan High School had over 40 families and teachers displaced by Sandy. The Hurricane Relief Fund had been established to help those families in most need.  Daily donations are still accepted from the student body in the cafeteria to keep the fund going. Students place their spare change after buying lunch into large collection containers placed around the cafeteria.

On November 20, 2012 Athletic Director Joe Gomulka, Bob DeStefano, athletic trainer and football coach Dan Duddy organized a group of students assisted Long Beach Island residents to help them remove storm debris from homes. 

Alumni from Monsignor Donovan formed "Music is the Medicine" and held the Rock & Roll Recovery fundraiser on Nov. 24. Musical entertainment, 3 on 3 basketball, raffles, family games and fellowship ruled the day with the high school's student council helping to support the event.

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