The students of Deer Park High School wanted to respond to the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought to their community and found a way to make a local impact.
As Babylon residents continue to recover following the storm, students organized the "Maroon Cross" project, inspired by the Red Cross and playing off their school colors.
Led by teacher Kyle McCourt, students created a list of essential items that residents need for everyday living. The high schoolers launched a campaign and collected winter clothing and household items to donate to towns in Babylon.
A variety of products were donated, including bottled water, cleaning supplies, garbage bags and canned foods, as well as bags full of coats, hats, scarves and boots. Students prepared the donations and loaded the packages for delivery and will continue to plan outreach efforts.