|In this photo provided by Sportstars, football player Oday Aboushi, left, helps distribute presents to people affected by Superstorm Sandy in the Staten Island borough of New York, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. Aboushi, an NCAA college football offensive lineman from Virginia and potential first-round pick in the NFL draft, returned to a neighborhood he once hung out in while growing up in New York to lend a hand to nearly 1,000 residents in need of food, clothing and supplies. (AP Photo/Sportstars, Emil Boccio)|
NFL-bound Oday Aboushi helps Staten Islanders
Moments after saying that, some of the first groups waiting outside were let into the center. Aboushi was there to greet them.
‘‘This was the next big thing on my calendar,’’ he said. ‘‘I was prepping myself for it and busy getting everybody on board with it. I was anxious about it, but the day for me to help is finally here.’’