Armed with hammers, crowbars and compassion, a troupe of volunteers joined forces with Catholic Charities last Friday, November 30, in their battle to restore a Staten Island bungalow ravaged last month by Hurricane Sandy.
They included white-haired retirees who drove 25 hours from Montevideo, Minnesota, staff from Six Flags Corporate Office and neighbors from Midland Beach, a disaster zone slammed by last month’s super storm.
“You have to restore people’s spirit; give them hope,” said Staten Island resident and volunteer Deb Deats.
Working nearly nonstop, volunteers and staff pulled out mold-covered sheet rock, insulation and tiles. The sturdy plastic bags they pushed the debris into formed a heap 7-feet high and 25-feet long.
“I came to realize why America is so rich,” said Charlie, who was born in Korea and raised his family for the past seven years in the now-sodden pink bungalow. “God bless America,” he said, choking back tears. “You helped me.”
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