Hope Worldwide organization helps Sandy-affected children cope with lingering stress, fears

The eight-week program is designed to help children eradicate negative feelings left by Sandy. (2/8/14)

UNION BEACH - As Union Beach continues to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, an organization has stepped in to help children in the area cope with their feelings in the wake of the storm.

Hope Worldwide runs an eight-week program out of Memorial Elementary School in Union Beach with the goal of eradicating any stress or lingering fears left by Sandy.

The organization uses classes such as art therapy, sports and performing arts.

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One mother said she believes the program is important because it provides an avenue to see that her daughter isn't the only one going through this.

Hope Worldwide calls the program SPARK, or Sandy Program in Arts Resiliency for Kids. Fifty children are expected to attend the program.

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