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Communities rally in support of Sandy victims

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As people affected most by Hurricane Sandy try to rebuild, communities throughout the area are banding together to help their neighbors.

What is normally a firehouse in Villas became a distribution center for donations for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Trucks were loaded with boxes filled with supplies, ranging from clothing and food to $2,500 in donations, and delivered to several area shelters including the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, which received nearly a dozen truck–loads today.

Event organizer Erica Young says what began as a simple idea on the Internet quickly gained popularity.

"One of us just put on Facebook questioning if we could get volunteers and if we could transport stuff up north and everyone was just overwhelming with selflessness and wanting to help," said Young.

An American Legion post in Somers Point was also the site of a Facebook idea come to life.

All afternoon, people could drop off clothing, food, water and other essential items.
Several pick–up trucks were loaded as residents continued to pile up donations.

Organizer Kara Vietro said she knew that the community had to come together.

"It is really overwhelming, it really is. To sit back and really think about, nothing happened to my house personally but I know how many people are struggling right now and it just doesn't seem right to sit around and not do anything," said Vietro.

Many of the items donated in Somers Point made their way to a large staging area at Ocean City Tabernacle Church.

Here Ocean City Tabernacle and nearby Coastal Christian Church, along with 110 volunteers, teamed up to receive, organize and distribute supplies.

Many items were made available for pick–up by Ocean City residents in need, while some donations were delivered to shelters.

Organizers, like Pastor Sal Ippolito of Coastal Christian, say that volunteers that were not impacted by the storm felt a need to help fellow members of the community.

"Obviously Ocean City hasn't been hit as hard as some other places but I almost get the sense that they almost feel like because they haven't been hit as hard, its easier for them to give and say hey we can help," said Ippolito.

At Ocean City Tabernacle, and other locations in the area, residents are joining together to help the people that need it most.

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