New York 8th Grader Seeking Help from Midwest Patch Readers

Junior High student Kevin Leeb is collecting $10 gift cards to distribute to victims of Hurricane Sandy.


This article is somewhat like the traditional 'telephone game' most of us played as kids. Take the following information and pass it on.

Follow me closely on this one: My friend's sister's co-worker's son is an 8th grade student at West Babylon Jr. High School in New York.

The junior high is part of a school district located on Long Island - an area hit hard by Hurricane Sandy one month ago. Some people lost power for days, others lost their homes altogether.

Along comes West Babylon Junior High student Kevin Leeb who is currently working on his community service project for National Junior Honor Society. Kevin wanted to reach out and help those hurt by the storm, but he knew he needed help from further away.

"My idea is to collect as many $10 gift cards as possible to help my friends and their families," said Kevin. "So many people in my community have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Many have lost homes, cars, furniture, clothing, games, bikes and so much more. I am looking to the Midwest because the East Coast was hit hard."

Kevin is hoping to collect gift cards of smaller value amounts in order to assist more people. Gas cards, American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Sears, Home Depot, or Lowes gift cards are some he thinks would help the community.

Crystal Lake resident Tricia Nasta said her sister, Alice Peters, informed her the West Babylon Senior High School has officially approved Kevin's project to guarantee its validity. Peters, who lost power at her home for 12 days after the storm, works with Kevin's mother, Margaret Leeb, at the West Babylon Senior High School. (By now, you can probably see how we are all connected!).

"You have to give credit to an 8th grader who wants to help others," Nasta said.

Anyone wanting to help Kevin reach his goal of collecting 100 cards can send $10 gift cards to the address of the West Babylon Senior High School:

Kevin Leeb

Att: Hurricane Sandy Project

500 Great East Neck Road

West Babylon,  NY  11704







Benjamin Dover November 30, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Kevin...I don't know if you read the drivel some clown have posted on this article, but know that they represent the very small minority. You are doing a great thing! Please do not let the idiotic commments of a few ruin that. Your parents should be very proud.
Walter White November 30, 2012 at 02:23 PM
That's true. You save your classlessness for before the election. But we won't have to worry about that until the GOP changes with the times. Good luck with that.
Erica Williams November 30, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Kevin - Keep up the good work. And to all the posters - Why are you even bringing up politics? This is a great thing that Kevin is doing. Cristel - This has turned something great a child is doing into a circus. Can you delete all the comments that don't pertain to this awesome project Kevin is working on.
Brian L. November 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM
ok...first off, did you just put a P next to your name and call yourself a moderator? Clever. Or, if you are a mod, I doubt you should break the T.O.S. and call posters idiots. Just a thought. And on that note, how am i an idiot here? I agreed with your statement that they were number one without needing the numbers. "I don't doubt they are number one." I also gave my reason. They love to say they aren't mainstream (which the numbers show they are.) They are the mainstream media that slants to the republican side. MSNBC obviously leans left...CNN may as well, but I tend to think they are closer to the middle. So we have three major news networks. Two with an outright or supposed liberal agenda and one with an outright conservative agenda (although republicans hate to admit it.) When roughly half the country has only one network they can be fed the stories they want to hear, it's ratings will go through the roof. The liberal side has a couple of channels they can watch...so the ratings get dispersed. If you combine the two networks "liberal" viewers, then the liberal news and the conservative news were actually very close in ratings. It's pretty straight forward.
Stephanie Price November 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Note: Stevie Janowski is a reader and is not employed by Patch in any capacity. Yes, he added the Patch "P" next to his name - probably to be funny. His comments have since deleted. I have closed the comments on this story as I don't want any more people harassing this poor 8th grader who is only trying to do a good deed for his neighbors and friends.


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