Sandy cleanup continues in Breezy Point thanks to volunteers - Fox 2 News Headlines

Sandy cleanup continues in Breezy Point thanks to volunteers

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

Volunteers in Queens are helping Sandy victims not only rebuild their homes, but their wardrobes as well. 

One month later - and cleanup from Hurricane Sandy is still overwhelming for many homeowners in Breezy Point, Queens. 

"We've been down here many, many days since Sandy and you realize and you think you're going to do a whole room and it doesn't get done," said Regina McKenemon. 

Jack and Regina McKenemon weren't sure how they would get all the water logged material out of their home-- until volunteers from Operation Blessing International and others showed up to help. 

Operation Blessing has already helped nearly 250 families but there's more work to do and they need more volunteers. 

"The residents here are very much overwhelmed because this has never happened. For us who see disasters all the time, we try to comfort and let them know 'Hey we're here to try to help out the best we know how,'" said Clifton Wright of Operation Blessing. 

And while they work to rebuild homes here... 

"This is a little different; it's lip gloss and girly things," said a participant at Dalton's Grill. 

It was a different type of cleanup inside Dalton's Grill in the Rockaways, this -- a bit more cosmetic and those impacted by the storm picked up new donated designer clothes and other goods.

The Glam4Good Event founded by Mary Alice Stephenson and friend, Eugene Brennan. 

"When you feel like you look good – you can do good and many of these women have come up to me and said thank you for Glam4Good because it made us laugh, it made us feel pretty -- we've cut so many tough things to worry about," said Stephenson.

"It's been hard. We had to leave our home and go stay with family," said Mary-Ellen Gortano. 

Gortano and son Jake know about living through those tough things --- it's why she was so relieved to finally start replacing some of the nicer things lost to the storm. 

"It feels nice coming in here, it's Christmasy and bright," said Gortano. "And when you go outside it's so dark and gloomy and sad -- So it's nice, it feels special."

  • Queens NewsQueens NewsMore>>

  • Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

    Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:16:48 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch.
  • Humpback whale spotted near Queens

    Humpback whale spotted near Queens

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:15:03 GMT
    A photographer with the Wildlife Conservation Society photographed a humpback whale feeding on small fish a few miles off New York City on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The WCS, which runs an aquarium and several zoos in New York, released the photo, taken by Julie Larsen Maher, of the whale breaching the surface of the water about six miles from the Rockaways.
    A photographer with the Wildlife Conservation Society photographed a humpback whale feeding on small fish a few miles off New York City on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The WCS, which runs an aquarium and several zoos in New York, released the photo, taken by Julie Larsen Maher, of the whale breaching the surface of the water about six miles from the Rockaways.
  • Dangerous rip currents at NJ, NY beaches

    Dangerous rip currents at NJ, NY beaches

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:42:49 GMT
    The rip current risk remains high along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Some beaches were open to the public but closed to swimmers. The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory and Rip Current Statement for the area beaches because of the effects of Hurricane Cristobal, which is expected to track south and east of the Jersey shore through Thursday.
    The rip current risk remains high along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Some beaches were open to the public but closed to swimmers. The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory and Rip Current Statement for the area beaches because of the effects of Hurricane Cristobal, which is expected to track south and east of the Jersey shore through Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices