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Thanks to community for help after storm

December 15, 2012
The Leader Herald

What do you say to a community that - within weeks of losing our home, our cars and almost our lives - came together to support us with prayers, a benefit, hard work, and most of all, the biggest outpouring of love our hearts have ever felt?

Thank you, I guess, although that doesn't come close to repaying all of you for your kindness and generosity.

It's been over a month since my sister and I jumped off the rooftop into the cold Atlantic Ocean that swept over the island, never thinking we'd see each other or our family again. Not a tidal wave really; I'd say it felt more like a giant hand suddenly pushed Staten Island under the sea and held us there for about 48 hours. Still, we are shaken by the realization of what we did, and the sorrow over so many who did not survive the night. They will never be forgotten.

We will be back to our old selves in time, and each day that goes by, our heads are clearer and minds more determined. And we have all of you to thank for helping with that process. Patricia and every individual and every business involved in and/or attended, or helped with the benefit, Lisa and the Euphrates team, the truck driver, Eileen and the huge number of volunteers who assembled to collect and deliver emergency supplies to hundreds of Staten Islanders, every business, every person who donated, prayed or thought about us for one second - we thank you, we love you and we are forever on standby for when you may need us. We will be there; count on it.



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