Stories

  • 1
    Playdave
    David

    David is a resident of Rockaway Beach. He hopes to see the boardwalk rebuilt as soon as possible.

  • 2
    Playvenus
    Eduardo & Venus

    Eduardo, his wife Gabriella and their five-year-old daughter Venus lived in their basement apartment. They lost everything except the clothes on their back. Venus needs a whole new set of toys.

  • 3
    Playnancy
    Nancy

    Nancy has a home in Ortley and owns a barbershop in Lavallette. Both are severely damaged. Her husband Mark died suddenly five days after the storm. Nancy really needs $9,000 for a funeral.

  • 4
    Playliz
    Liz

    Liz and her mom own a local store, called The Blue Bungalow. Hurricane Sandy took both their homes and Liz's office. The storm also took the life of Liz's father.

  • 5
    Playmaureen
    Maureen

    Maureen is 66 years old. She celebrated her first birthday in her home, which she lost along with all of her belongings. She is currently living in a hotel.

  • 6
    Playjohn
    John

    John recently bought a commercial property in Ortley Beach and was two weeks away from opening a restaurant called Johnny Fries when Sandy hit. He’s currently rebuilding for a February opening.

  • 7
    Ronald
    Ronald

    Ronald resides in Rockaway Beach. His holiday wish is for the beach to go back to the way it used to be.

  • 8
    Fernando
    Fernando

    Fernando is a single dad with three kids. Hurricane Sandy washed away many of his most prized possessions and his favorite surfing beach.

  • 9
    Joe
    Joe

    Joe is a retired firefighter. He bought his house in Rockaway Beach in July. Three months later, it was destroyed along with many of his neighbors’ homes.

  • 10
    Jill
    Jill

    Jill lives with her dog Beemer in Ortley Beach. She spends most of her days searching through piles of rubble looking for her belongings, all of which were washed away in the storm.

  • 11
    Jean_marie
    Jeanmarie

    Jeanmarie has a husband and two daughters. They lost both cars and their entire basement. In spite of this, they’re very grateful for their lives and the fact that they’re together.

  • 12
    Deanna
    Deanna

    Deanna lives in Lavallette and hasn’t been allowed to move back. Although her house did not sustain severe damage, many of her friends and family lost their homes and businesses.

  • 13
    Jean
    Jeanne

    Jeanne is the mother of three girls. She lost the entire first floor of her home and all her art supplies. The storm left her husband unemployed.

  • 14
    Ginny
    Ginny & Teddy

    Ginny is currently living in her aunt’s house with her son Teddy, her two other sons and her husband. The first floor of her house was completely destroyed, along with Teddy’s bedroom.

  • 15
    Peter
    Peter

    Peter’s house flooded with nine feet of water. His parents’ house burned to the ground. Thankfully, they escaped. Peter is very, very grateful to still have his parents alive.

To contact one of these people directly, or to get involved with 12 Days of Relief please email 12daysofrelief@mullen.com