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Kiwanis stepped up for Sandy victims

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 12:56 pm, Wed Jul 3, 2013.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club helped its neighbors recover from the devastation left behind, even while some of the members’ own homes, including that of President Ed Tudisco, suffered damage.

The club raised $15,000 for recovery efforts. The Deerfield Beach, Fla. Kiwanis Club, whose president, Frank Congemi, is a New York native, donated $2,400. The Florida organization also sent 800 boxes of essentials immediately after the storm. Kiwanis gave $500 each to several Howard Beach religious organizations: St. Helen, Our Lady of Grace and Assembly of God Church. Scholars Academy school in the Rockaways and the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department also received $500 donations.

Further donations were given to St. Barnabas Church, the Howard Beach Jewish Center and the Rockwood Park Jewish Center. The money raised also went to $50 Visa gift cards that were given to storm victims. Members of the Kiwanis Club also held a food drive in front of Waldbaum’s in Howard Beach and donated turkeys during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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