November 20, 2012
NEWBURGH, NY -
(Left) Mount alumna Melanie Sussman ’11 retrieves hundreds of
pairs of socks to distribute to Hurricane Sandy victims on Long
Beach Island in New Jersey. (Right) Newburgh resident Patricia
Harbin, an English and human services double major, delivered more
than two dozen shoes collected by students to the Church of God by
Faith in Newburgh, NY.
Mount Saint Mary College students recently trekked through
campus with sacks full of socks, but it wasn’t their laundry.
Students and staff amassed and donated around 2,200 pairs
of new socks to those struggling in Hurricane Sandy’s wake.
The “Rock the Socks” relief campaign was spearheaded by students
in the Aging United student association, the Psi Chi psychology
honor society, and professor Lawrence Force’s psychology
Force says that during a recent trip to Breezy Point, NY and
Rockaway, NY, he asked parish priests what people in the area
needed to help get them back on their feet. The reply was simple:
“I talked to students…and said, ‘We’ve got to do something,’”
Within an hour, students created a Facebook page to get the word
Within two weeks, the Mount students collected the footwear and
distributed it to Breezy Point, Rockaway, Staten Island, Long
Island, and other areas hard hit by Sandy.
“The Mount responds,” said Force.
Mount alumna Melanie Sussman ’11 distributed more than 600 pairs
of socks to Long Beach Island. Sussman, who majored in human
services at the Mount, said, “I love doing whatever I can to
Sussman added that the Mount prepared her well for graduate
school. “Dr. Force and the other human services professors did an
amazing job,” she said.
The college’s fervor for donating footwear didn’t stop
A shoe drive sponsored by the Mount’s campus ministry collected
more than two dozen pairs of shoes to be distributed by the Church
of God by Faith in Newburgh.
Newburgh resident Patricia Harbin, an English and human services
double major, delivered the shoes to her church in time to be
distributed by Thanksgiving.
“We want to send our sincerest gratitude to all who helped with
the collection,” said Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., chaplain of the
campus ministry. “As we continue to move forward after the tragedy
that resulted from Hurricane Sandy, this shoe drive serves as a
nice reminder of the strong and supportive community that exists
here at the Mount.”