When Hurricane Sandy came crashing through, the Virginia Daycare Nursery, located in the Jacob Riis houses on the Lower East Side, flooded under three feet of water.
Most of the families the daycare serves are low income. Not only do parents need affordable childcare, but after the storm, they were desperate to return to work. Workers at the center scrambled to clean up and open up their doors immediately.
The cost of clean-up and restocking supplies like chairs, toys, and books, is more than a $100,000.
The daycare center cannot afford to pay for all of the necessary repairs. To make matters worse, the center thought they qualified for FEMA aid, but they do not. Now they must to foot the bill themselves.
Despite tight budgets, parents have given generously and are helping rebuild, but it is still not enough.
67 children attend the daycare center, which is $100,000 in debt. They need donations right away.
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