Hurricane Sandy hit home – literally – for UNC Kenan-Flagler student Mike MacIntyre (OneMBA ’13), global head of intra group sales, wealth management at HSBC in New York.
MacIntyre lives in one of the hardest-hit areas of Queens: the Breezy Point, Rockaway Park and Far Rockaway neighborhoods. With his home uninhabitable and his office destroyed, he is living in a Brooklyn hotel. He hopes to be back in his home by February 2013.
But his housing woes are not what he wants to talk about: he’s concerned about the more than 1,400 neighborhood children under age 12 who are displaced by Hurricane Sandy, and whose schools are closed until February.
He decided to channel his emotions and energy into helping these children. He “adopted” 25 children and is leading “Rockaway, NY Toys for Tots” to provide them with gifts of toys during the holiday season. His efforts stem from a larger “Toys for Tots” initiative organized by Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, where MacIntyre is an alum and member of the board of trustees.
In November, MacIntyre reached out to his classmates in OneMBA®, UNC Kenan-Flagler’s global executive program, asking them to contribute to the cause by purchasing toys on an Amazon.com wish list.
“The response has been tremendous,” said MacIntyre. “Since I reached out to my OneMBA network, I have received seven to eight boxes a day for the children. I’ve actually become good friends with my postal carrier, who delivers to my hotel. My classmates will never know how impactful their donations are for children who have lost everything.”
To support “Rockaway, NY Toys for Tots,” visit the Amazon.com wish list http://blogs.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/impact/ and follow the instructions for donations. Send questions to Mike MacIntyre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNC Kenan-Flagler and its partner schools celebrate the 10th anniversary of the global executive MBA program, OneMBA, this year. Over the past decade, the partnership has built a unique global program boasting more than 1,000 alumni in senior leadership positions in more than 50 countries around the world. Nearly 300 of those graduated from UNC Kenan-Flagler.