Company doing its part to help replace picnic tables after Sandy - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Company doing its part to help replace picnic tables after Sandy


When we think of Superstorm Sandy and the damage left behind nearly one year ago, we often think of destroyed homes and devastated shorelines. But a Connecticut company is doing its part to get back the little things that were lost.

On Thursday, employees at Nestle Water rolled up their sleeves and got to work putting picnic tables together.

"It's fun," volunteer Mary Hess said. "I never did this before. It's a new challenge. I usually just go buy one somewhere."

The event is called Project Picnic. Stamford-based Nestle Water's volunteer push will help replace picnic tables at parks and beaches that were washed away and lost during Sandy. All of the picnic tables are made out of a material the company is quite familiar with – recycled plastic bottles.

To make the project work, the program uses thicker, sturdier one-gallon jugs, and they all contain 1,200 recycled bottles.

"It's still a rebuild going on after Sandy," Smith said. "Cities aren't done. Houses aren't rebuilt, and now the parks. We're just doing our part."

Stamford will take 30 tables for its parks and beaches, and others will go to local nonprofits.

All of the volunteers said it gives them a good feeling knowing they can help out.

"I just think it's awesome," Hess said. "Anything we can do to promote and recover with stuff that's happened like Sandy."

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