QNEK’S NUNS GIVE FROM THE HEART
NEWPORT- Two and a half months ago, Hurricane Sandy decimated the eastern seaboard, especially New Jersey and New York. The recovery effort continues. According to the Red Cross, thousands remain in need of shelter and food.Luckily the storm skirted Vermont and the state recovered quickly, leaving Vermonters in a position to provide help to others in need.Hurricane Sandy hit home for QNEK's Lynn Leimer. She is from New Jersey. QNEK is well known for stepping up and helping when tragedy strikes, and the theater company held a fundraiser when Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont. When Sandy hit, QNEK, the resident theater company at the Haskell Opera House, stepped up once again along with many people in the Northeast Kingdom. A special production of the company’s signature show “Nunsense” was shown at the Orleans Municipal Building in early December. The actors, musicians, and technical crew worked without pay. The Village of Orleans waived the rental fee for the municipal building. Community National Bank kicked in $1000, Passumpsic Bank $500, and Herons Path $500. The show earned $3,000, which was sent to the Red Cross in New Jersey.Stephen Crawford, executive director of the Red Cross in New Jersey, sent a letter to Leimer thanking her for the generous contribution. “Your gift…helped provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected across the state,” Crawford wrote. “Thank you for your contribution, which helps your neighbors in New Jersey weather the effects of Superstorm Sandy and empowers the American Red Cross to provide a quick and compassionate response.”“The community response to the benefit was astounding,” said Lynn Leimer. Leimer said that when a woman at the Red Cross in New Jersey saw what QNEK had done, she wrote back, “WOW!”“She couldn't believe that someone this far afield from the Jersey Shore was doing something for hurricane relief,” Leimer said.