Local Kids Step up for Harvey Victims


 Some little ones have mighty big hearts. Over the past week, many local children have stepped up to help out Texas after the state was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. From lemonade stands to book sales to even donating their tips, Rockaway kids have been raising funds for Harvey victims and showing Texas that they’re not alone.

The annual Labor Day bungalow court party at Beach 108th and Beach 109th turned into a fundraiser when Bobby Zimmer and others decided to pass around a five-gallon water jug to collect money for those in Texas. Joe Spillane’s grandchildren stepped up to the plate by making bracelets to be sold to help raise money. They were able to raise more than $1,200. “The kids were the spirit behind passing around the jug and asking people for donation. We have to give recognition where it is due. These kids were great,” Zimmer said.

Some local kids were motivated by local group Rockaway WISH to collect funds. Jenna Mikell and Rosemary Tubridy donated their tips from waitressing to the group. Jennifer Otero-Callipo helped spearhead a lemonade and baked goods sale at the fields in Fort Tilden and in front of St. Francis de Sales Church with the help of her kids and their friends.

Other kids have been setting up sales of their own. The Burkes set up a table on the Beach 122nd boardwalk to sell books and homemade slime to raise money to buy gift cards for Hurricane Harvey victims last weekend. Frankie Brunner and John Courtney set up a lemonade stand on Beach 135th Street. A large group of kids set up a lemonade and iced tea stand on Beach 117th. A cookie stand also popped up on the boardwalk on Beach 120th the day after Harvey hit Texas.

Way to go kids! Keep up the great work!

Photos by Bobby Zimmer, Andrea Ross, Lori Scalamandre-Brunner and Rockaway WISH.

By Katie McFadden



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