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Local family provides emergency relief with the "Pay it Forward Mobile"

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"We didn't have anything else, but we had a roof over our head, and it's time to give back," says Christine Gerbehy, Co-Owner of Pay It Forward Mobile.

After a Derecho and Hurricane Sandy ravaged South Jersey last year, the Gerbehy sought to do something, anything to help the community.

"The realization happened when I was helping, giving out food and water at Lowes," says Jack Gerbehy, founder of the Pay Forward Mobile.

One that resonated, helping him realize the demand for instant communication during emergencies, and that's how the "Pay it Forward Mobile" was born.

"Communication was key and we just had to figure out how to do it," says Jack Gerbehy.

"It could be as simple as just letting someone know your okay," Chris Aker, Co-worker.

After searching, the Gerbehys' found a tool that would transform their goal into reality: winning a bid for a twenty 26 ft. long retired fire truck.

"This is a large undertaking to get the vehicle, money, the expense..." explains Aker.

In addition to food and water handouts, the mobile is equipped with a generator, a phone charging center, Internet power strips as well as wireless units provided by Verizon.

"We have enough Wi-Fi signals to power at least 50 cars rights now,"accprding to Christine.

It's a post disaster tool that emergency management officials say could be very useful.

"Our office would love to be involved with what they're doing. And even get them involved in our long term recovery mission," says Vincent Jones, Director of Atlantic Co. Emergency Management.

"Anyway we can be of help well get there and we will help you and give you what you need," assures Christine.

The non-profit organization is not solely for disasters, but also is featured at charity events like "the strides against breast cancer fundraiser" Monday night in Egg Harbor Township.

"We have to do something with this 26 ft long truck in other times," explains Jack.

While regular gasoline may be what's driving this mobile, it's this family's inherent need to give back that keep this truck going.

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