But out of the devastation came wonderful people and organizations who opened their hearts to those in need. We asked on our Facebook page who deserves to be recognized and thanked for their efforts after the storm. Here's a few responses:
Dawn Marie: Adopt A House, Camp Bulldog and Romi Sloan and Kym O'Brien Smith at Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund were lifesavers. They always had food and supplies for us - huge help. Amazing people.
Kim Rizzo: Spinella Romi Sloan and Kym O'Brien Smith Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund they were amazing bringing food and supplies and volunteers!
Carrie Ann Pisano-Koester: Babylon firefighters, Skip Gardner, the mayor and American Legion..everyone worked together. Very proud of everyone.
Christine Gilbride Wilson: LI Cares-Babylon Helps. I volunteered and I think we all did a GREAT job handing out sandwiches, snacks, hot coffee, water and more:)
Eric Devlin: Over the course of three weekends in three south shore locations (Babylon, Lindenhurst and Long Beach) the BBQ Brethren prepared roughly 27,000 meals for those in need. Santa Claus took the lead in Babylon, organizing things, bringing down his smoker and getting people involved. During those weekends folks came from as far south as Virginia and as far north as Maine, hauling their smokers and grills to ensure that victims and first responders got fed.
Barbara Kinder: Cafe il Villaggio they knocked on doors and brought hot meal everyday!
Kelly Astin: Patty from West Babylon Teachers Association. Brought hot meals to us while we worked at house first few weeks and looked in after my friends an elderly couple down the block. Also brought propane for Coleman stove for elderly couple who stayed whole time. She was a doll
Alice Smith Gaffey: I was given a hot meal at the American Legion in Babylon. After a week without power, I really appreciated that.
Cheri Leinwol Cullam: Romi Sloan and Kym O'Brien Smith of Hampton Hurricane and Neighbors helping Neighbors they are amazing selfless people who gave us hope we could never express to them how thankful we are.
Kristin Pearsall Costigan: Gina Realmuto Shannon & Rick Shannon… We would have been in big (bigger?) trouble without our awesome neighbors! Helping us to pump out by lending generator power and extra pumps, keeping each other updated on FEMA and different updates on our neighborhood and watching out for our home while we had to move out. They are the BEST and we are so lucky to have them!
Who else deserves thanks? We'd love to hear your Sandy story. Here’s how you can share.
Visit the My Sandy Story blog here and click on the open text box under the heading to create a post.
Or, from the homepage, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your Patch. (Click “Join” if you don’t have an account yet.)
- Click the "Blogs" tab, near the top of the homepage and then locate the My Sandy Story blog in the left-hand column. Click on it.
- Click in the box that says, “Write a new post” and then click on “Article” at the top.
- Give your post a headline, enter the body of the story and upload your photos.
- Click “Post now.”