Ocean City Locals Deliver Hope To Sandy Victims In New Jersey - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Ocean City Locals Deliver Hope To Sandy Victims In New Jersey

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SAYREVILLE, N.J. - Two weeks after Sandy, parts of New York and New Jersey are still on the long road to recovery. Support is pouring in from all over, including Delmarva. WMDT's Jemie Lee joined a local group as they carried relief supplies up north to those in need.

The images are haunting, but it's the stories of resiliency that resonate out of a small town in Jersey where the outpouring of community support has been tremendous. We rode along with a relief crew from Ocean City, Maryland to Sayreville, New Jersey - when we arrived we were hit with an overwhelming sense of love and support. "This is more than words could ever explain. And the feeling when you walk in here, is so overwhelming. Of all the people you see in town on an everyday basis, after several years of living here, volunteering and giving such an outpour of care and kindness and warmth to everyone that walks in here, it's just incredible. It's beyond words, I can't even explain," victim Evy Miranda said. Evy and her 5 kids lost everything the night of the storm. "It was very emotional. Everything was gone. I just had a baby. He's 3 months old. Watching all our belongings being washed away was tough," she said.

It's the efforts of a few good samaritans willing to roll up their sleeves for their fellow neighbors that give these families hope. "It started with literally, like I think 10 bags of clothes. Actually it started just by putting posts on Facebook believe it or not. It started with one warehouse, then he saw we were outgrowing that, so it became two, and now we're up to five," organizer Sean Fischer said.

The donations have been pouring in from all over. Trucks from Cincinnati, North Carolina, Tennessee and the Eastern Shore have been coming in on a daily basis, giving Sayreville the inspiration they need to move on. "I know that the whole Jersey strong is going out there, but what's really resonating is our motto - Sayreville strong," Fischer said.

Donations are still being collected - the items most needed include flashlights, batteries, and cleaning supplies.

Drop off locations:
Hooters, West Ocean City 11am-3pm every day
Blue Fish, 94th street From 12-4 Tuesday Through Sunday
Art League of Ocean City MD 94th Street 11-4 Tuesday Through Sunday
Burley Oak Brewing Company, Berlin 11-3 Monday through Saturday 12-3 Sunday

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