Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University students from Staten Island are doing what they can to help out their home in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
"A whole bunch of us just felt really helpless when we heard the bad news. And we knew a lot of the people in the South Shore that got completely destroyed. So we wanted to help out a little bit," said student Dana Borrero.
Dana Borrero and Nicholas Agostino attend Binghamton University, about 200 miles from their families on Staten Island.
"We wanted to go home and we couldn't. We couldn't get home. The bridges were closed," said Nicholas Agostino.
Although they were safe in their dorms at BU when Sandy hit, their families and friends weren't.
"There was one person that I went to school with for a few years and he unfortunately passed away in the storm. He was crushed under debris," said Borrero.
So they decided to help.
They put the word out and started collecting items to send home.
"This really just started with drop boxes in the University Plaza office and the admissions office on campus," said Borrero.
But now they've collected over $7 thousand worth of items.
Baby clothes, blankets, canned food, water; the bare essentials, for people who desperately need it.
"Whatever we can get donated is great," said Agostino
They'll be packing everything up at the end of this week...
When members of Dana's family will pick up the supplies and deliver them to dispensaries themselves.