Orvis, BBA help Sandy victims
MANCHESTER — A drive to collect needed items for victims of Hurricane Sandy filled five tractor trailers, a panel truck and part of a bus.
The drive was the result of a joint effort by the Orvis Company and Burr and Burton Academy, as well as an effort sponsored by the Rotary Club.
The four-day collection drive ended Sunday.
Three of the trucks traveled to Sea Bright, N.J., one went to New York City, and one is scheduled to go to Brooklyn.
More than 200 Burr and Burton students and 100 Orvis employees packed 2,360 boxes of clothes, blankets, food, personal care items, cleaning supplies and tools for the storm-ravaged communities of New York and New Jersey, according to a press release from Orvis.
Orvis Senior Manager Don Benasich said the entire community went above and beyond for the effort.
“There were so many people and businesses that stepped up to help.. It’s just the right thing to do,” he said.
Bill Muench and Jim Raposa of Burr and Burton’s film department said a group of their students has already begun work on a documentary. The documentary will be screened locally when finished.