Fearless Selfless Folks Who Helped In Sandy’s Wake

In the day’s following Sandy’s wrath, many were left stranded and alone, and in some cases devastated. It was a time of great outpouring of love and giving in a tremendous time of need. The following folks lent more than a helping hand they shared hopeful hearts.

Katie and Anthony of Jersey Shore Bracelet were spared. Their home in Point Pleasant was elevated enough that the water never entered the front door. So as soon as they could get out , they left on foot and began helping anyone in need. With in days they began a bucket brigade helping to unearth 6 feet of sand from a home. Katie has also extended help to many families who lost their homes completely. They gave a portion of sales of the Jersey Shore Bracelet to recovery efforts.

Joe Leone’s , Italian emporium of Point Pleasant and Sea Girt loaded vans with wonderful eats and served the many first responders all along the stretch of rt 35 crippled from the wind and rising water. They just opened the back of the van and helped fuel the bellies and hearts of those that worked tirelessly .

Downs Ford of Toms River opened their doors to many to warm up charge a cell phone or just come in out of the cold and dark that much of the state was blanketed with for days and in some cases weeks.

The super guys over at Anthony’s Cheesecake in Bloomfield open their doors to anyone who had lost power. They served hot coffee provided a charging station for phone and tablets and if you know Anthony & Phil you know the food was amazing. Six months later they paid it forward and donated half of a full day’s profits to tornado victims in Oklahoma. Responders and utility professionals from all over the country flocked to NJ when we needed them and it Anthony & Phil showed their gratitude.


Mayor Dina Long of Sea Bright saw the bay and the ocean meet before the storm hit. Entire condo complexes lifted from the foundations and businesses and homes underwater. SeaBright Rising a non for profit organization came to the aid of many and with national attention raised over a million dollars to help residents and business owners rebuild and recover.

Exit 117 still functions today. Headed by a former resident of the Monmouth Beach area, carloads of cleaning supplies, building needs, food, clothing , Christmas gifts, prom dresses and even a sewing machine to help an elementary school in Atlantic Highlands make costumes for the Christmas play, was dropped off weekly as donations poured in from all over the tri state area. Efforts still go on today for both New Jersey and New York

I could not wrap this up with out mentioning the tremendous effort of We Are Team Jersey . One woman, Shannon Ruvelas walked out of her Jackson home the day after sandy hit and began to help her neighbors. She put out a message on Facebook for help and a year later they still tackle problems for home- owners wanting to get back home. They still reach out to folks on Facebook and have helped thousands of people this past year and are now a 5013C organization.

It has been a year since Sandy hit and while New Jersey may not be the same, many have sacrificed to make it better.Visit some of these folks on Twitter or Facebook or stop by their place of business and show thme some of the kindness they showed so many others
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