Operation Blessing Still Helping Sandy Victims

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It's been six weeks since Hurricane Sandy battered the eastern shore, but FEMA officials say some people displaced by the superstorm may have to wait months before they can go back to their homes.

That's why CBN's Operation Blessing is on the ground, giving much needed hope to one New Jersey town.

"You just see your home all ripped up. Some have seen their homes in water," one resident said. "It's just devastating because that's where you have your family. You have a lot of memories."

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastating blow to the Northeast, one of the hardest hit yet less publicized areas, is Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Damage in this small community was among the worst in the affected areas.

When the cry went out to help families in this crisis, Operation Blessing answered the call.

"It's such a little, tucked-away little town, almost a little forgotten town because they hadn't had anybody else in here to help them and we just happened to be placed here," Operation Blessing's Sheila Griffin said.

For days after the storm, residents were not allowed back into their homes. When they returned to see what was left, they didn't know where to turn.

They needed help clearing out damaged walls, furniture, and life-long memories and most of all, they wanted to salvage whatever they could. That's where Operation Blessing volunteers stepped in.

"Before they throw anything out, they asked me, then double ask me," one wife said. "[It's] very professional. The caring and the kindness they are displaying is just unbelievable, wonderful."

Another resident said volunteers thanked them.

"They said 'Thanks for letting us into your house.' It was like 'Thanks for being here,'" he said. "The feeling I got, honest, the only thing I could think of was like it was raining angels."

"This means an awful lot to me. I will never forget it," another said. "They're cordial. They're kind. They've really been protective, like you have a friend, and in this case, I have many."

Thanks to donors, Operation Blessing will continue to meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy and others who have unforeseen tragedies around the world.

"All you folks who have donated, God bless you all," he said. "It's the best thing tht you could have ever donated to."

"It's the kind of organization that you want to support because they help people. We see that. We see that firsthand," he added. 

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