MARGATE -- Residents and businesses are still picking up the pieces left by hurricane sandy but a sign of hope has arrived as one iconic symbol re–opened their doors and still doing their part to help out those in need even after being struck hard by the super storm too.
"We love Lucy," yelled Molly and Olivia Carlton of Northfield.
Margate's iconic elephant is back and open for business after being out of commission for nearly two weeks following Hurricane Sandy.
And for frequent Jersey shore visitors, seeing Lucy survive a super storm like Sandy is nothing short of remarkable.
"We were surprised she's so close to the water that she wasn't damaged it's amazing," expressed Mary Ann Howes of Livingston, NJ.
"To see Lucy still standing is a breathe of fresh air and a relief," said Yvonne Smallwood of Philadelphia, PA.
According to Richard Helfant the Director of Lucy the Elephant, the famous pachyderm suffered anywhere from 70 to 90 thousand dollars in damage.
But according to Helfant, there are a lot of people who've been through so much more than Lucy, which is way Lucy will donate the proceeds from these custom designed hurricane sandy t–shirts to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
"Sometimes there's a bigger picture not that you could never have a bigger picture than Lucy but sometimes the bigger picture is reaching out and helping others who are less fortunate," explained Richard Helfant director of Lucy the Elephant.
"We heard they were selling t–shirts as a benefit for Lucy and we figured we make the drive down and check out the damage and also help out by purchasing some t–shirts," said Ariel Wilson of Philadelphia, PA.
And for a town that suffered through so much, the reopening of Lucy might help guide the city of Margate and the rest of the Jersey shore back to what it once was.
"It's a beacon of hope that it does get better and we're stronger than the hurricane we're Jersey strong, we're going to rebuild and be better than before," Helfant said.