CRANFORD – Union County College students have been helping Cranford residents clean up after Hurricane Irene turned the town into a flooded disaster area.
“While the college came through the storm in relatively good shape, our Cranford neighbors were facing a crisis. We offered our support to township officials as well as Cranford Police Chief Eric Mason to help out however we could,” said Union County College President Margaret McMenamin.
The college found that one way they could help was by providing strong student bodies to help residents drag their belongings to the curb as trash. “Many of the town’s residents are senior citizens,” says McMenamin. “Even though the fall term won’t begin until Sept. 1, we’ve still got a number of strong men and women on campus to help residents clear out their basements and help move whatever people needed moved.”
Union’s College Life Dean Tammy Smith led about a dozen students on house-to-house visits along Springfield Avenue, the epicenter of the disaster. “Everyone we met was just so happy to see us there helping out. Sometimes they had plenty of work for us. Other times, they just smiled and said they were glad to know we cared.”
Residents needing help can contact the college at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-908-709-7093.
Union County College students Sean Williams, Eddie Jersey Karmin, and Kevan Pidgeon-Hammock with appreciative Cranford residents. (Photo courtesy of Union County College)
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