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First on FiOS1 News: Yonkers students collect disaster relief supplies on National Day of Action

Schools lend a helping hand to Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico

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Students across the Yonkers School District are giving back by collecting critical supplies for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico.

For students at Lincoln High School, it's not just about getting to class this week but making time to give. In just two days, students collected supplies for disaster relief.

"We have a lot of students from Mexico and a lot of students from the islands, specially Puerto Rico too," said Dey Santana, a counselor at Lincoln High.

"Oh, it’s amazing. It’s very heart warming, ‘cause this is supplies for what might very well might be my family…," said student Brianna Velazquez.

Wednesday is National Day of Action, a day to help those in crisis in Puerto Rico. Dey Santana's Latino Americano club and the senior class worked to put the donation drive together at the school.

Teachers say the devastation in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico hasn't been easy on their students.

“We sit down, we talk and we talk and when someone get in touch with anyone, it's a celebration," Santana says.

"Especially the one young lady I was referring to, Carla. She was just breaking my heart, the tears were in her eyes when she was telling me," said teacher Christine Hees. Her student Carangellis Montes stayed late at school to box donations.

"Most of family is in Puerto Rico. So her helping, you know, Puerto Rico and Mexico meant a lot to me. So I had work that day but I stayed like until, you know, she was supposed to leave to help," Montes said.

Most of the students said they've been watching the president's trip to Puerto Rico and they hope he will do more there and for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We shouldn't wait on the people who are above us to take action. We should be the ones to say I want to help, I want to take part,” said student Kimberly Herrera.

Donations can be brought here to Lincoln High School through next Thursday or any school in the Yonkers School District.

Donations can be dropped off during regular school hours.
Items being accepted:

- Baby formula (unopened, sealed, unexpired)
- Diapers (unopened packages or sleeves)
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste (unopened)
- Personal hygiene products (unopened)
- Sanitary napkins and tampons (unopened packaging)
- Flashlights with batteries
- Batteries
- First Aid kits
- Blankets
- Bottled water
- Contractor bags

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