DARIEN, Conn. — Darien kids jumped into action Friday afternoon to help others affected by Hurricane Sandy. Young volunteers did their part by making lunches and helping to clean up from the storm.
The elementary and middle school students were volunteering their time for Kid-to-Kid, a division of Person-to-Person. Since Hurricane Sandy hit and knocked out power to so many, the kids have been looking for a way to lend a hand.
A group of about 20 children from Kid-to-Kid joined with members of Girl Scouts at the Depot to make 200 bag lunches for people at the New Covenant House in Stamford. It has been providing a place to stay for many people who lost their homes in the storm, including several people from Darien. The girls decorated bags, made sandwiches and packaged them together to be delivered to people staying there.
"It's important to help the people who were affected by HurricaneSandy in their time of need," Helena Nicholls said as she assembled sandwiches with her friends.
"We didn't get hit that hard, but a lot of people lost their houses and we have to help them out," said Annabel Nottebohm.
While they were making sandwiches, another group of kids went with their parents to Noroton Bay, a section of Nearwater Lane by Weed Beach. The area was hit especially hard by the storm, with many trees down and a lot of flooding damage, and it remained inaccessible for days. The kids helped to spruce up the area by shoveling sand out of the street and back onto the beach.
Lisa Grant, who coordinated the event, said, "I think that this empowers the kids, and teaches them that even kids can help people."