Coast Guard News
1st District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: Nov. 06, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard
Contact: U.S.C.G. New York Public Information
Office: (718) 354-4270
New York-based Coast Guardsmen lend helping hand to Hurricane Sandy victims
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NEW YORK — Coast Guard Station New York members conducted a community outreach operation in Staten Island neighborhoods providing a helping hand, Tuesday, by cleaning out houses that were flooded and devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The New York-based station crew went house to house through the neighborhood tearing down flood-soaked drywall, piling ruined furniture and pulling up carpet.
"We saw an opportunity to give back to our community by providing support and a lending hand where and however they needed us to," said Lt. Cmdr. James McLay, executive officer of Station New York. "We wanted to show the public that we are part of the community as well and are in this with them together as more than just first responders."
Angelia Picataggio, an 85-year-old former Navy spouse and local Staten Island resident, and her children were going to start cleaning her house Tuesdady morning whe the station members showed up at her doorstep and offered to help clean her house.
"I was bewildered that these Coast Guardsmen would offer to help clean my house out," said Picataggio. "My children and I were wondering how we were going to even begin the process of a week-long clean-up project and these volunteer Coast Guardsmen finished the job in about 45 minutes. It lifts my heart to know that these men and women willingly serve their community in this time of need."
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