NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Jets are lending a hand in the rebuilding process one year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast.
Seven players — Bilal Powell, Matt Simms, Nick Bellore, Michael Campbell, Ellis Lankster, Chris Pantale and Ryan Quigley — are volunteering to help spackle, sheetrock and paint the damaged St. Rose High School and Convent in Belmar, N.J. on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of the storm.
The basement at St. Rose was flooded, leaving behind hundreds of pounds of fish and destroying the nuns’ personal effects, the team said.
According to the Jets’ official website: “They were displaced from the convent for six months waiting for the building to be inhabitable again. The basement is one area that they did not have funds to repair so the space could be utilized again.”
Volunteers will also be putting together “Welcome Home Painting Kits” and making blankets for distressed homeowners.
In addition, the Jets announced they would be hosting families affected by Superstorm Sandy on Sunday. Fifty people from heavily hit areas on Long Island will be on hand when Gang Green faces the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium.
The Jets donated $500,000 to relief efforts in the weeks following the storm. Money poured in from other teams, leagues and players, including Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who pledged $1 million.
The Mets were pitching in on Sandy Service Day, too. The team posted a picture on Instagram of its staff volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield, N.J.
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