Coney Island Still Recovering from Sandy Damages

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This week marks one year since superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the northeast and 12 months later, many victims are counting their blessings.

Christians and churches are continuing to help those still in need. Thousands gathered at Coney Island this week to commemorate the life-changing event.

The storm claimed more than 180 lives and caused at least $65 billion in damage.

One hurricane victim, Mary Gainey, remembered what it was like when she went home after the storm.

"I just stopped. I couldn't believe it," she said.

For several weeks Gainey chose to live in her damaged home that had no electricity and walls lined with mold until she eventually moved into temporary housing.

Now, she's back in the home she's had since 2005, grateful to God for His provision.

"I really started praying and just crying out to the Lord. I didn't know what was happening and what was going to happen," Gainey said.

The community may be feeling the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy a year later -- but there are chefs from all over the nation preparing meals for some 3,500 people, hoping to make life just a little bit brighter.

Gary LeBlanc, founder of Mercy Chefs, shared why he was helping and how big the need is.

"We can feed the best meal we are capable of feeding -- big generous portions -- and fill them up tonight. But tomorrow they are going to be hungry again," he said. "We also come with a message that can satisfy them for eternity. That is what Mercy Chefs is really about."

LeBlanc founded Mercy Chefs in 2006 because he felt God called him to feed people. One year after Hurricane Sandy, he's returned to Coney Island to serve more than 3,000 residents as the community thanks God for giving them resiliency for weathering the storm.

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