Helping a Family Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy
$2,095 Raised
42% of $5k goal
40 contributors
3 Years running
On October 29, 2012, my aunt and her two teen children lost their home and everything they owned when Hurricane Sandy rocked Island Park, New York. FEMA has denied them and insurance is not covering the costs to rebuild. Please help if you can! More ...
On October 29, 2012, my aunt and her two teen children lost their home and everything they owned in Hurricane Sandy when it rocked their small village of Island Park, New York. Their house has been completely gutted, and now with freezing temperatures, the pipes and radiators have frozen and burst. They have been without power for 3 months, are staying with friends - separated from one another, and relying on donations and relief efforts just to survive. My aunt works six days a week just to make ends meet and her son, after he was forced to break through the attic window and swim to the neighbors second story in order to save his own life, works tirelessly for the village sanitation company, cleaning up his home town in donated clothes and facing the devastation head on while he, himself, struggles to heal from his own losses.

After already having survived the tragic losses of her three brothers, father, and mother, and having to raise two children on her own while enduring her own painful health and financial struggles, my Aunt is nothing less than an incredible symbol of strength, a true Phoenix, rising above any trial or tribulation set before her. She continues to push on despite her struggles and setbacks and I will always look up to her and admire her strength and courage in difficult times.

Please help by donating what you can to help my family in need to regain what they have lost. FEMA has denied their claims and appeals and insurance will not cover the damages. The costs to rebuild are astronomical and my aunt, a single mother, does not have a savings and is doing her absolutely best just to stay afloat and keep her head above water. Each dollar helps and will go towards food, shelter, clothing, transportation, materials, furnishings, and necessities as they begin to rebuild and put the pieces of their lives back together.

"Kindness creates kindness. Generosity creates generosity. Love creates love. And if we can share some of that and have more stories about people doing nice things for other people and fewer stories about people doing horrible things to other people, that's a better world." ~ Tony Tolbert
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