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Curtis Granderson Views Sandy’s Devastation in Staten Island

December 19th, 2012 at 9:23 AM
By Karen Vankat

New York Yankees' center fielder Curtis Granderson decided to see in person what had happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Granderson went to Staten Island to get a first hand look of one community rocked by the super storm.

'Curtis Granderson' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"It just lets you know what things are really important," he said of his trip to Staten Island as reported by MLB.com. "The home you've worked your whole life for — family, friends, food, hot water. The bare necessities are really all you need. Everything else is luxury. That community over there is experiencing that. They're still very positive. They're very optimistic. They're going to come back. They're going to come back stronger than ever. If you've ever had a broken bone, you know it heals stronger than what it was."

Granderson's The Grand Kids Foundation wanted to help families who were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, so Curtis in along with PricewaterhouseCoopers donated 2,000 backpacks to local children.

Curtis while in Staten Island visited local PS 39 to interact with students and see how they were coping with what had happened in their lives and help distribute school supplies. He also spoke to residents and saw how they were cleaning up and trying to get their lives back to normal.

"You see photos, video and you hear stories about different devastated areas, but until you get a chance to go out there and witness it first-hand, words can't do it justice to see a house that was barely touched next to a house that's completely gone," he said. "The community's out there helping out with help centers where you can get water and a hot meal. Generators are coming into the area, and you've got the police there. You've got different people helping out. And then the community, hearing their stories about how a lady had to swim out of her house because she didn't evacuate in time. Families having to run up to the top roof. Families that all they can say is, 'I used to live here. My house isn't here anymore.' But they're all coming back, and whatever issues you had before you put it aside."

The Grand Kids foundation was started in 2007 and has raised more than $80,000 to help the education of our youth. PWC has themselves made a $160 million investment in teaching financial literacy in schools throughout the country and also include more than 37,000 of community service by their employees.

Besides Staten Island students in Coney Island, the Rockaways and  Sheepshead Bay will benefit from the foundation and program.

 

Tags: Baseball, Curtis Granderson, Hurricane Sandy, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Staten Island, The Grand Kids Foundation

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