continued From there, the effort took off and donations poured in at every location. By the time the band was ready to pack up Thursday night, the high school lobby was jam-packed with canned goods, clothing, sleeping bags and more for those affected by the hurricane.
“The word just went out over the weekend. It’s amazing the amount of stuff in four days that’s come in and just the outpouring of love,” Harris said. “It’s an amazing thing. Faculty members have donated. The community has donated. We’ve had people come in from SU that have come in and donated. It’s really just been a community outpouring of love and support for what that group has been through.”
Harris said she thought the drive provided an outlet for people who were eager for a chance to help.
“I think a lot of times, people think, ‘Man, I really wish there was something I could do,’ and they can’t ever find a way. So we wanted to find a way for the community, but especially for the kids to find a way,” she said. “They’re going to go down there. We’ve been displaced from our hotel. It’s something that’s become really real to them.”
Indeed, the band’s reservations at the Hampton Inn in Mahwah, N.J., were pulled because the hotel is full of people who have been displaced by the hurricane. Wood said the Hampton instead helped to place the band, as well as parents and family members staying in the Mahwah area, at another Hampton in Allentown, Pa.
Wood said she hopes the students will see firsthand how serious the damage from the hurricane was.
“One of [band director] Jim Dumas’s goals, I’m not sure what the route [will be] going from our hotel to the stadium, but if we’re going past some of those hard-hit areas, he does want the buses to go by [those areas] so that [the kids] can see and understand [the impact],” she said.