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Granby's New England Dance Organizes Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Granby and East Granby residents have until Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. to bring donations to the studio's location on Mill Pond Road for distribution among communities severely affected by the storm.

New England Dance and Gymnastics Centers, which has locations in Granby and Westfield, MA, is organizing a donation drive along with a group of other dance studios inside and outside Connecticut to benefit people in communities severely affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Cindy Williams, assistant director at New England Dance, is one of the drive coordinators. She is asking for donations from studio members, the Granby and East Granby communities and people from the surrounding area.

Specifically, Williams asked for donations of: blankets, towels, bottled water, extension cords, flashlights and batteries, all kinds of cleaning supplies and trash bags as well as baby items including diapers, wipes and powdered formula. The studio is also asking that people interested in helping out to give gift cards for major retailers and gas stations.

“Thanks in advance to all who are helping and/or donating to our cause,” Williams wrote in an email to Granby-East Granby Patch.

The two exceptions for donations are clothing and food, according to Williams. The studio is asking that those interested in donating stick to the list provided.

The drive will benefit families and individuals involved in dance and performance as well as all others who had their lives deeply affected by the swath of destruction carved by Hurricane Sandy.

“We can do this, let's show them that we care too!” New England Dance wrote on its Facebook page. “Thanks for taking the time to read this. Maybe you can all ask your family and friends to help too! Please think about it!”

Donations are welcome at New England Dance and Gymnastics Centers (11 Mill Pond Drive, Granby) from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Friday. The last day of the drive is Saturday, Nov. 17, when studio staff will accept donations from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Star Systems, a talent development and competitive performance agency with a focus on dance that is associated with New England Dance, is one of the major event organizers. If New England Dance collects enough donations, Star Systems will send a tractor-trailer to Granby to pick up the collected materials and bring them to areas in need

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