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Hurricane Sandy: OB Is On The Ground In Far Rockaway

Operation Blessing is on the ground in Far Rockaway, Queens to meet the basic needs of those still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Read Transcript


Pat: DEVASTATING

SUPERSTORM SANDY, WHEN IT

STRUCK, IT KNOCKED OUT POWER

TO MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION

HOMES.

ONE MONTH LATER, SOME PARTS

OF THE EAST COAST ARE STATE

RECOVERING.

SO "OPERATION BLESSING" IS

STILL ON THE GROUND HELPING

PEOPLE GET THE SUPPLIES THEY

DESPERATELY NEED.

I DON'T SEE A LOT OF NEWS

ABOUT WHAT IS BEING DONE FOR

ROCKAWAY.

WE HEAR ABOUT JERSEY AND

OTHER PLACES.

Reporter: THE

RESIDENTS

OF FAR ROCKAWAY NEW YORK

FEEL LEFT OUT.

WHILE OTHER AREAS OF NEW

YORK HAVE THEIR POWER

RESTORED IN THE AFTERMATH OF

HURRICANE SANDY, THEY'RE

STILL IN THE DARK.

TO MAKE IT WORSE, THEY

WEREN'T EVEN GETTING THE

BASIC NEEDS, LIKE FOOD AND

WATER, THAT IS UNTIL

"OPERATION BLESSING" CAME TO

HELP.

WHEN WE CAME HERE, THE

PEOPLE KIND OF LIT UP.

THEY WELCOMED US IN.

THEY WERE OVERWHELMED THAT

SOMEONE DECIDED TO COME DOWN

HERE TO HELP THEM.

WE WERE THE FIRST TEAM

HERE.

WHEN WE CAME, THEY SAID THEY

HAD NOTHING.

Reporter:

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

PROVIDING PEOPLE WITH THE

THINGS THEY NEED MOST:

CLEANUP KITS, TOILETRIES,

CANNED FOOD AND WATER.

THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN SERVING

HOT MEALS, A WELCOME TREAT

IN TIMES LIKE THESE.

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

YOUR HELP, FOR THE FOOD, THE

HAMPERS.

WE'RE JUST GRATEFUL.

WE'RE SET UP TO STAY AS

LONG AS WE HAVE THE

RESOURCES, AND AS LONG AS

THERE IS A NEED.

WE REALLY WANT TO BE ABLE TO

MEET THAT NEED.

BECAUSE OF "OPERATION

BLESSING" DISASTER RELIEF,

THE PEOPLE OF ROCKAWAY AND

OTHER COMMUNITIES DON'T HAVE

TO FACE THESE DIFFICULT

TIMES ALONE.

I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU

GUYS ARE HERE HELPING US.

BECAUSE WE'RE REALLY IN NEED

AT THIS TIME, AND YOU GUYS

HAVE BEEN A BIG BLESSING FOR

US.

I LIKE "OPERATION

BLESSING" BECAUSE WHAT THEY

DO HERE IN THE COUNTRY, AND

WHAT THEY DO AROUND THE

WORLD, THAT'S WHAT MAKES

THIS COUNTRY GREAT.

IT IS NOT JUST LIKE YOU JUST

FEND FOR YOURSELF.

WE HELP EACH OTHER.

YOU HELP YOUR FELLOW MAN.

Pat: WELL, WITH US

RIGHT NOW BY POPULAR DEMAND

IS MY OLD FRIEND BLUE.

BILL, LET ME HAVE HIM.

THERE YOU GO.

Pat: COME HERE, BABY.

COME HERE.

AAHHH.

ALL RIGHT, BLUE, SIT.

DON'T BITE MY HAND.

GOOD GRIEF.

OH, YOUR SO PRETTY.

ISN'T HE GORGEOUS.

HE IS SO BIG.

LIE DOWN, BLUE.

LIE DOWN.

THAT'S A GOOD BOY.

BILL, TELL US ABOUT WHAT

YOU'RE DOING IN NEW YORK.

IT IS REALLY A MESS UP

THERE.

THE DENSITY OF THE

POPULATION IS WHAT MADE THIS

THING AS BAD AS IT IS.

THE DEVASTATION IS FAR

GREATER REALLY THAN WHAT

HAPPENED IN KATRINA BECAUSE

SO MANY PEOPLE WERE

AFFECTED.

WE'RE WORKING NOW IN BREEZY

POINT, AND WE STARTED OUT IN

LOWER MANHATTAN, AND AS THE

POWER WENT ON, WE MOVED, AND

WE'RE WORKING IN STATEN

ISLAND, AND WE'RE IN NEW

JERSEY.

AND WE'RE FOCUSED IN A PLACE

CALLED BREEZY POINT.

AND BREEZY POINT IS A PLACE

WITH ABOUT 2700 HOMES.

MOSTLY FIREMEN, NEW YORK

POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIRST

RESPONDERS THAT HAVE LIVED

THERE FOR GENERATIONS, SOME

OF THEM.

EVERY SINGLE HOME WAS

FLOODED.

110 HOUSES WERE BURNED

DOWN.

2700 "THE TRADIN2700

FLOODED, AND WE'RE OUT THERE

HELPING TO ORGANIZE ALL OF

THE VOLUNTEER EFFORTS.

THEY'RE WONDERFUL PEOPLE,

AND THEY'RE HURTING, AND ALL

OF THEIR HOMES ARE FLOODED.

Pat: NOBODY ELSE IS

THERE ACCEPT --

OH, THERE ARE OTHER

PEOPLE THERE.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, AND

THERE ARE A LOT OF LOCAL

VOLUNTEERS.

BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

IS A PROBLEM WE DON'T HAVE

HOTELS FOR VOLUNTEERS.

Pat: WHAT DO YOU DO?

USE TRAILERS?

NO.

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS ARE SHOWING

UP.

ON THE WEEKENDS, WE MAY GET

400 OR 500 PEOPLE THERE, BUT

DURING THE WEEK WE COULD

REALLY USE HELP.

Pat: YOU WANT

VOLUNTEERS?

YES.

AND ON THE WEBSITE THERE IS

A PLACE.

Pat: IS BLUE HELPING?

BLUE IS HELPING.

WE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO DRIVE

HIM UP, AND I DIDN'T WANT TO

PUT HIM ON THE AIRPLANE,

INTO THE CARGO.

Pat: I DON'T BLAME

YOU.

HERE.

JUMP.

DO IT ONE MORE TIME.

THAT'S A BOY.

SIT.

GOOD BOY.

ALL RIGHT, BLUE, PLACE.

NO.

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING

ABOUT, PLACE.

THAT DARN TREAT.

Pat: PLACE.

BLUE, OVER HERE.

Pat: PLACE.

HE GETS THE MESSAGE.

[LAUGHTER]

Pat: YOU ARE SO

PRETTY.

MAN, HE'S PRETTY.

DID YOU BATHE HIM?

HE HAD A SHAMPOO LAST

NIGHT, AND IN THE GREEN

ROOM, HE SAW THE TRAY, AND

HE FELT BECAUSE HE IS THE

ON-AIR TALENT, THAT THOSE

MUFFINS WERE FOR HIM.

Pat: DID HE EAT THEM?

HE TRIED TO, BUT I GOT

THEM.

Pat: BLUE, DO IT

AGAIN.

ALL RIGHT, BUDDY, SIT.

LIE DOWN.

OKAY, THAT'S A BOY.

HERE.

DON'T BITE MY HAND, YOU

SUCKER.

OH, YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL.

YOU LIKE HIM, HUH?

OH, I LOVE HIM.

LAURA AND I HAVE BEEN

MARRIED 40 YEARS, AND WE'VE

HAD DOBERMANS ALL OUR

MARRIED LIFE, AND BLUE IS

THE MOST INCREDIBLE ONE

WE'VE EVER BEEN AROUND.

HE IS A GREAT DOG.

Pat: I RAISED HIM FROM

A BABY, AND HE CERTAINLY --

OH, HE'S GORGEOUS.

YEAH.

Pat: HOW CAN PEOPLE

HELP "OPERATION BLESSING"?

WHAT SHOULD THEY DO?

THE BEST THING THEY COULD

DO, PAT, IS GO TO OUR

WEBSITE, ob.org AND MAKE A

CASH DONATION.

IF THEY CAN COME UP TO

VOLUNTEER, THAT WOULD BE

GREAT.

IN NEW JERSEY, WE CAN PUT

THEM UP IN NE YOU, UP, BUT

IN NEW YORK, WE CAN'T.

WE'RE HOPING THAT A CHURCH

WILL OPEN UP THAT WE CAN PUT

VOLUNTEERS IN.

Pat: THE PEOPLE REALLY

APPRECIATE YOU BEING THERE?

THE PEOPLE -- THIS IS

AMERICANA, AND THESE ARE

HARD-WORKING, MIDDLE INCOME

FAMILIES, THAT REALLY NEED

HELP.

THEY HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED

ANYTHING LIKE THIS, PAT.

Pat:

"OPERATION BLESSING," THE

ADDRESS, "OPERATION

BLESSING," CBN, VIRGINIA

BEACH, AND THERE IS THE

NUMBER.

CBN CENTER.

TURN HIM LOOSE.

SIT.

YES, YOU'RE A GOOD BOY.

I KNOW I'VE GOT TREATS.

LOOK AT HIM.

HE IS GOING TO EAT MY HAND.

YOU KNOW, A DOG LIKE THIS

WOULD GET YOU SCARED, EXCEPT

HE IS SO SWEET.

YOU'RE SUCH A SWEET DOG.

LIE DOWN.

ONE MORE TIME, JUMP OVER MY

LEG.

ONE MORE TIME, BACK OVER.

HE'S SO BIG.

IF I COULD GET A HORSE TO

JUMP LIKE YOU, WE'D WIN THE

OLYMPICS.

OKAY, BILL, GOD BLESS YOU.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WHAT A

TREAT.

HE HAS Facebook FRIENDS.

WHAT DOES HE HAVE, 3500 OR

4,000?

HE HAS 4,025 AS OF THIS

MORNING.

HE COULD USE MORE FRIENDS.

Pat: PEOPLE WRITE HIM

LIKE HE UNDERSTANDS.

THEY EXPLAIN BIBLE THINGS TO

HIM.

YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD BOY.

CAN YOU SHAKE HANDS.

SIT.

SIT.

SHAKE HANDS.

SHAKE --

Pat: HE DOESN'T SHAKE

ANYMORE?

HE'S NOT MUCH ON SHAKING

HANDS.

HE IS CRYING LIKE A LITTLE

GIRL.

Pat: YOU'VE HAD ALL OF

THE TREATS YOU'RE GOING TO

GET.

YOU'LL GET FAT.

YES, YOU'RE A GOOD BOY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THERE

HE IS.

ISN'T HE BEAUTIFUL.

FOR US DOG-LOVERS -- YES, I

KNOW, LIFE IS TOUGH.

YOU WANT ANOTHER MUFFIN?

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET

ONE.

TERRY, I HATE TO LEAVE

MR. BLUE.

HE IS SUCH A SWEET DOG.

[DOG CRYING SOUNDS]

Pat: WHAT ARE YOU

TALKING ABOUT?

THE MINUTE HE SAW YOU ON

THAT SCREEN, HE ALERTS.

EVERY TIME HE HEARS YOUR

VOICE --

Pat: I WAS HIS DADDY

FOR A NUMBER OF MONTHS, WHEN

HE WAS A LITTLE BABY.

ALL RIGHT, BUDDY.

YOU WANT TO DO THAT PLACE

THING.

ALL RIGHT, BLUE, PLACE.

PLACE.

[LAUGHTER]

HE SAID IT'S NOT BIG

ENOUGH.

Pat: HE DID IT.

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