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IN THIS ISSUE Generous Support From groceries to furniture Photos & story on p. 2 Kicks for Kids Former Little Brother starts the holidays early for our Littles Story on page 3 Annual Fund This year offers more ways than ever to support the BBBSLI mission Details on page 3 big news winter 2012 HAPPY HOLIDAYS! A publication of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Sandy Takes Its Toll on Big Brothers Big Sisters The devastation to Long Island’s families, businesses and landscape after Super Storm Sandy remains. BBBSLI unfortunately witnessed the devastation firsthand- from the partial collapse of our building in Islandia, to the losses and needs of our BBBSLI families and staff. Sandy’s strong wind gusts ripped one-third of the roof off the Donation Center and knocked over the building’s cinder block walls, leaving a large pile of rubble and thousands of pounds of donations deemed unusable. In the weeks that followed Sandy, BBBSLI was fortunate to receive the support of our national agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as well as many agencies across the country and in Canada. Furnishings, Renarts and Uncle Giuseppe’s (in partnership with NBTY and Long Island Cares) came through to provide invaluable support and donations for our local families in need. Our friends at BBBSLI of Rochester even sent a care package filled with goodies and words of encouragement for staff, and a local donor provided a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for a family in need. “We are still here,” said Susan Samaroo, Chief Operating Officer of BBBSLI . “This storm will not compromise the quality of what we do for our children and their families. It is with the continued support of the community that we will all forge on and come back even stronger.” See page 2 for ways that you can directly and positively impact BBBSLI and our families in need. Here on Long Island, Stop and Shop of Levittown, Safavieh Home Happy Holidays! winter 2012

BBBSLI Big News Winter 2012

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