The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 28, 2012

Teachers accept hoodie donations for east coast Hurricane Sandy victims


— Fayette County American Federation of Teachers is joining the National Federation of Teachers to contribute hoodies for those in New York and New Jersey who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Each school and the Fayette County Board of Education will accept donations. The window for donating the hoodies will run from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7.

Tens of thousands of AFT members were personally and professionally affected by Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the northeastern seaboard of the U.S. From the beginning, the national AFT has been assisting in disaster relief efforts by donating and soliciting funds and lending volunteer support. Now it’s time for AFT-West Virginia members and our community to help those in New Jersey and New York by participating in Hoodies for Hope, a hurricane relief campaign sponsored by AFT-West Virginia.

As part of Hoodies for Hope, AFT-WV is asking for donations of new hoodies to assist our northern colleagues and their families in need from now until Dec. 7.

On Dec. 14, all donations will be loaded onto a truck at the Charleston office and transported to the United Federation of Teachers office in New York City, where they will distribute the jackets to those families in need.

Union family members in New Jersey and New York have experienced devastating losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy; homes and businesses leveled, schools destroyed and families left in limbo. Help AFT-WV bring hope and comfort to those who have lost so much by participating in the Hoodies for Hope campaign. As the holidays approach, let’s show our thanks for the blessings in our lives by giving to those who have suffered so greatly from the hurricane.