The past month has proven disastrous for areas close to the hearts of the Nyack Warriors. In late August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Southeast Texas resulting in major flooding. Wednesday, September 6th, Hurricane Irma made landfall on the island of St Maarten, leaving the island paralyzed in the aftermath as it moved into Florida, again leaving destruction and flooding in the aftermath. On Tuesday, September 19th a severe earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico leaving a total disaster behind. It has been reported that at least 300 people died and many more are missing. Wednesday, September 20th, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, destroying cities and leaving the island with no power, no lines of communication open, and devastating flooding. Many buildings, including homes, schools, and businesses were destroyed.
Multiple Nyack College student-athletes live in, or have family residing in, these disaster stricken areas. The Warriors are banding together to collect monetary donations to be sent to ground-level relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Mexico City, and St Maarten. Throughout the remainder of September, donation buckets and concession stands will be present at each home contest in fundraising efforts for these disaster-stricken areas.
As the needs of these areas become more specific, the Warriors will continue to find ways to be of service to the areas where their teammates call home. All funds received by the Warriors will be split among relief efforts in areas of residence of Warrior student-athletes.
The chosen charities:
- United for Puerto Rico is a disaster relief initiative with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
- Topos Mexico is a volunteer rescue brigade doing relief and recovery work in Mexico City.
- The Foundation Methodist Agogic Centre is a school on the island of St Maarten that is dedicated to serving their students, and rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
" In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)