Students Make a Surprise Delivery to Sandy-Damaged Homes

Red Bank Catholic students delivered some welcome color over Mothers' Day Weekend to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Members of the Red Bank Catholic National Honor Society (NHS) and Hot Topics Club delivered some welcome color over Mothers’ Day weekend to homeowners seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

When school resumed after last year’s storm, NHS officer Kasey McAteer of Shark River Hills, and Mack Feester, of Shrewsbury, each purchased and donated “Restore the Shore” bracelets for the clubs to sell as a fundraiser to help members of the community recover from the devastating storm.  

The two clubs pooled the proceeds and brainstormed how to best help people affected by Sandy.

According to NHS club moderator, Jeannine Guarillio, the students knew that the storm had washed away all the landscaping from many homes. The lost greenery became the focus of a plan to bring potted flowers to as many of those homes as possible. 

Guarillio noted that “the students knew the yards were not ready for plantings, so they thought some potted spring flowers might give those people a lift.”

With the generous help of Kim Casola, of Casola Farms, the students purchased enough supplies for them to create 72 planters with flowers. They got together on a day off from school, planted the flowers, and then made surprise deliveries to homes in Union Beach, Keansburg, Brick, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Point Pleasant.  

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