Genaro Elizalde, warehouse manager of the Northern Illinois Food Bank in St. Charles, preps the donation of a truckload of bleach to Island Harvest Food Bank in New York for delivery.
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Joe Vanvaketis looks at his home Tuesday from what used to be the stoop of his back door in the Oakwood Beach section of Staten Island, N.Y. Neighborhoods that still have a long way to go in terms of cleanup and recovery are in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn.
A beach side house, deemed uninhabitable by the New York City Department of Buildings, sits in ruins Monday in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of the Rockaways.
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Even with a still shaky economic recovery, suburban residents and businesses are finding gratitude this Thanksgiving in their ability to help others more in need, like the East Coast victims of Hurricane Sandy. “They get the idea that someone in Chicago, 980 miles away, thought enough of them to go out and buy these things,” project leader Sal Lema said. “I don’t have words to describe that.”