Looking Back: A Community Comes Together For Sandy Victims

A devastating storm brought out the best in people.

It was one year ago today a storm now notorious for leaving such unanticipated devastation in its wake made landfall.

Sandy wreaked havoc across the area, flooding communities, damaging homes and downing trees, many onto power lines that left scores of Westhampton-Hampton Bays residents without electricity for weeks.

But, through it all, Sandy brought out the best in people in Westhampton-Hampton Bays. There were food and clothing drives, a trunk-or-treat, and more.

Here is a look back at some of those touching stories:

Hampton Bays Mothers Association Raises $2200 and Counting for Devastated Breezy Point

Kerry Wilkie, of the Hampton Bays Mother's Association kicked off an effort to collect gift cards for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. As of November 2012, she collected $2,200 worth of gift cards.

Out-of-State Power Crews Find Warmth, Showers at Fire Department

In an effort to provide a warm place for out-of-state power restoration crews brought in to help the Long Island Power Authority with the Hurricane Sandy restoration effort, the Hampton Bays Fire Department opened their doors.

Local Firefighters Head West, Take Shifts in Hard-Hit Areas

Firefighters from Westhampton Beach and Hampton Bays headed to hard-hit Long Beach, Island Park, Lido Beach to provide relief to fellow firefighters. 

Kids Stock The House Makes Wish For Boy With Rare Disease Come True in Sandy's Aftermath

Even Hurricane Sandy couldn't quell the spirits of one young man with a dream.

Justen Doney, 15, who has been diagnosed with a rare disease and had just finished 11 chemo treatments and 17 surgeries, had a single wish: To visit his grandmother in New York City and tour the Big Apple.

Justen was filled with anticipation as he boarded the plane and landed, eager to fulfill his dream after so many months of pain and uncertainty.

Then, Hurricane Sandy hit.

Hampton Bays Students Help Sandy Victims

During November 2012, Hampton Bays students pulled the community together to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Coming Together To Help Sandy Victims

Organizations and individuals held numerous donations centers from Hampton Bays to Westhampton beach after Superstorm Sandy, including the Hampton Bays Fire Department, St. Mark's Bright Beginnings Pre-School, The East Quogue Methodist Church, The East Quogue Fire Department, St. Mark's Church in Westhampton Beach, The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, The Westhampton Beach Fire Department, the Suffolk County Girl Scouts, Goldberg's Deli and Shock in Westhampton Beach. 

How is Your Property After Sandy? Ask Questions, Find Answers
Patch readers came together to help their neighbors who were evacuated to find out the state of their properties.

Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund Is Not Slowing Down

Superstorm Sandy relief efforts continue with no end in sight, Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund co-founders Romi Sloan and Kym Smith say.


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