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Volunteers help restore Hurricane Sandy damaged homes in Downe Twp.

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Volunteers have been facing the heat all week to help restore homes in Downe Township that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

"My prayers have been answered." As James Shaw looked at his newly repaired home, he couldn't help but recall the day that Hurricane Sandy almost destroyed it.

"The storm took the whole front deck, side of the house, all of the plumbing and insulation underneath."

But thanks to a group of volunteers, some of those damages no longer exist.

"People are really grateful, and when we got here before we even started working for them, people were thanking us," said 15 year old volunteer, Erin Welling. "And it was really touching."

Volunteers of all ages from the "Lord of Life Lutheran Church" teamed up with the "Cumberland County Long Term Recovery Group" to restore flood damaged homes at both Fortescue and Gandys Beach.

"We knew there was a need to do something here. This is the forgotten coast as we are told," said Pastor David Jones.

This part of Downe Township was severely damaged by the storm, and seven months later you can still see that many of the homes remain in despair. The volunteers hope their helping hands will make a difference.

"Cleaning rain gutters, disassembling decks for pools," said Jones. "You name it, we're doing it. Whatever the need may be."

While some of the jobs these volunteers are doing, to some may seem small. To the homeowners, its one less thing they have to worry about, and gets them one step close to recovery.

"It means a lot. It means everything." And it's a gesture that these residents won't soon forget.

The volunteers have been in the area all week, and will continue working through Friday. They hope to restore 15 homes in total.

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