New Jersey’s Sandy Victims Struggle to Gather Thanksgiving Meals

Come on, this was a year ago. Get over it. Yes, we’re all sorry this happened to you but it is time for you to take care of yourself. A little personal responsibility will go a long way. All whining will get you is more government dependence.
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A year after the storm ravaged the coast of New Jersey and the federal government dumped millions of dollars into aid and repair, victims of Hurricane Sandy are still having trouble putting together Thanksgiving meals.

A report in Wednesday’s Star-Ledger chronicled the struggles of charity organizations attempting to hand out as many Thanksgiving meals in the Shore towns of Toms River, Brick, Point Pleasant Beach, and other shore towns. Despite millions in federal and state funds being diverted to reconstructing the Shore, the number of families needing help to feed themselves has been “increasing daily” in recent months, and several centers have seen an increase in demand this week before Thanksgiving.

The explanation, one food drive organizer explained, was that more than a year into the tragedy, those who lost their homes had spent any money they received from FEMA and were often not any closer to reconstructing their homes. Many have yet to reconstruct much of their property, and of those who have a roof over their heads, hundreds of others have yet to have the money to buy new furniture or necessary living items. Food banks have resorted to handing out chickens instead of turkeys for Thanksgiving, their supplies rapidly depleted.



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