We collected food, water, gloves, sterile eye drops, bandages etc. for relief sites (around the city). Since my daughter and I worked at the Staten Island Richmond Stadium center every day and night after school, I would bring back lists of items needed and let the students know of the general events taking place and how much their donations were appreciated.
I described the meals we made for the police and firemen who were being ferried from Ground Zero to the stadium for food and basic medical treatment. I also explained how food and necessary items were transported to Staten Island. Students were interested in knowing what was being done. I think it was cathartic for them to be able to do something to help rather than feeling helpless.