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Family surprised with a $5,000 check to help with Sandy repairs

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Christmas came a little early for one local family as they received a surprise gift to help boost their spirit's after Hurricane Sandy destroyed a majority of their home.

It's a few days before Christmas, but for one West Atlantic City family, their Christmas present came a little early as they were surprised with a $5,000 check to help them rebuild their home after being damaged by hurricane sandy.

"It will help a lot; it will give us a little bit of Christmas," said recipient Doris Farina.

"It's great this type of stuff never happens to us, I didn't expect it it's awesome," expressed Justin Maltese.

The money was raised through a golf fundraiser put together by the Pay It Forward New Jersey organization, which was put together in response to Hurricane Sandy.

"The idea with Pay It Forward New Jersey was I really had a vision to help the victims displaced by the hurricane in Atlantic and Cape May County," explained Jamie Sofroney.

Pay It Forward New Jersey raised a total of $26,000 in nine days.

And the money raised has been distributed amongst different organizations in Atlantic and Cape May County and also to Doris Farina and her family whose been partially separated since the storm hit due to the considerable amount of damaged that was done to their home.

"It's great, it's wonderful," said Farina.

"It's crazy how we can actually get our furniture, get our dining room set, we can get our whole life together," Maltese said.

And as help continues to find it's way into the hands of those in need this holiday season, some are hoping they'll be able to continue to bring joy to others in the future.

"I know that we can't help everyone but I knew that we can help someone and that's the most important thing about this organization," Sofroney said.  "I really want to try to grow this organization into something special and maybe we can make differences in people lives every year."

The presents continued for Doris' family members as her grandson Justin was given a gift card for $500.

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