A family whose Tottenville home was left untouched by Hurricane Sandy is stepping up to the plate to help victims of the storm have fun this summer. NY1's Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
The Clampets say they're lucky. While many of their neighbors and friends on Staten Island suffered severe damage, Hurricane Sandy left their Tottenville home untouched.
"We were amazed about what happened after the storm," says Krista Clampet. "We walked around our corner, and it was disaster."
Since the storm, Krista and Gregory Clampet have been volunteering to help those in need. Now, their sons are following in their footsteps.
When 5-year-old Ryan's school started a fundraiser selling Staten Island Yankees tickets, he decided to use it as an opportunity to give back to victims of the storm.
"Ryan sold a total of 396 tickets to the Staten Island Yankees games. One hundred and fifty of those are being donated to the Guyon Rescue," says Krista Clampet.
Guyon Rescue provides those hit hard by the hurricane with materials needed to rebuild. Volunteers say this is the first time they've been able to give these families something just for fun.
"Just really happy to be able to get out of their house and get away from their daily grind of cleaning their house, and just a little spontaneous night out with the family was very enjoyable for many people," says Derek Tabacco of Guyon Rescue.
The Staten Island Yankees even took notice of the family's fundraising efforts, donating team merchandise to be given away with the tickets.
Tabacco says the success of the Clampet boys' fundraiser shows how you can make a difference at any age.
"These are definitely my youngest volunteers so far," he says. "And we love volunteers who show up with 150 tickets to a Yankee game. We'll take that any day of the week."
"This is something that they're going to remember," Krista Clampet says. "By doing something good, they actually feel good themselves, and that's the whole message of paying it forward and passing it on."
So, for giving families affected by the storm a chance to cheer on their home team this summer, the Clampets are our New Yorkers of Week.
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