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What's the Nicest Thing Someone Did for You During the Storm?

If someone went out of their way for you before, after, or during the storm, tell us about them.

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's a good time to take notice of the kind things we do for one another. With Superstorm Sandy having just occurred a few weeks ago, we were thinking about all the ways that neighbors have been helping neighbors, both near and far.

There were heroes right here in Long Beach.

Do you have a story to share about something kind someone did for you? For your family member? For your friend? You don't necessarily have to use names — though we encourage you to recognize that special person. They deserve it, right? Share your stories in the comments below.
daltry maryweather November 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
i was the only house without power for 13 days and my neighbor on the west side of my house made me dinner one night. It was a nice gesture, in comparison the neighbor on the east side made the experience miserable. if i ever have power and others do not i will run an extension cord to help them out.
Nancy November 21, 2012 at 08:41 AM
My house was flooded and is unlivable as a lot of others here in Long Beach..my neighbor has given us her heated summer home to live in..it allowed us to be close to our home while the construction is going on and it also allowed by son to return to school..to be with his friends..I could not thank her enough.
Jaime Sumersille November 21, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Via Long Beach Patch Facebook page: Jorge Luis-Fernando Herrera - clean up the debris from the front of my house, much appreciated.
Jaime Sumersille November 21, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Via Long Beach Patch Facebook page: Sam Kinsley - I was on Old Country Road trying to get to Long Beach to meet my flood insurance adjuster. My gas light was on E. I asked a Nassau County Policeman to let me get two gallons of gas - the line was miles long. He let me cut the line and then asked if he could pay for my gas. When I told him I just needed gas to get home - I started crying. He started crying with me. I will never, ever forget his kindness. I made it home in time to meet the adjuster.
Jaime Sumersille November 21, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Via Long Beach Patch Facebook page: Daniel Menzzasalma - My grandparents neighbor came out in the middle of the storm and brought them into their home. If they didn't my grandparents would have died.
Jaime Sumersille November 21, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Via Long Beach Patch Facebook page: Margaret Murray Posner - There has been so many nice things people did. but number one is probably The family and friends who helped rip out the sewage soaked carpet. (none of whom thought they were doing that when they came to help and weren't dressed for it)
Jaime Sumersille November 21, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Via Long Beach Patch Facebook page: Nancy Elizabeth Black - The 3 Uhauls and 3 vans filled with stuff that my friends brought down from Boston to give out to us in LB. I was shell shocked standing in front of Bahia seeing the caravan coming down Beech.
Jaime Sumersille November 21, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Via Long Beach Patch Facebook page: Joy Mccarthy - My bil and sil Regina Barbato McCarthy- taking us in for 19 days 4kids a dog, 2 kittens and me! A lot to handle :)
Jaime Sumersille November 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Via Long Beach Patch Facebook page: Kim Kennedy Miller - My family received a wonderful care package from a college friend. It wasn't the things she put in the package it was the kindness of her letter included. Her 4 children made mine pics and it made me and my husband cry! It was an incredibly thoughtful thing!
Carole Salowitz November 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM
my brother driving down from westport, CT on 10/31 to evacuate my stranded family - then he and my SIL housing us for over 10 days :)
wikyjalo November 21, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Several come to mind-Members of the Long Beach AOH brought by a case of water. And through a Long Beach Facebook page, two volunteers came by and helped us get heaviest flooded items out of our basement. We lost our grill in the backyard flooding and our upstairs tenants made hamburgers for lunch for us, our neighbor and the men we hired to demolish our basement
wikyjalo November 21, 2012 at 09:39 PM
When we could not find any rental cars after both of our cars were flooded, my brother offered us use of his car. My stepdaughter and her husband made sure my husband was taken care of while I bunked at my daughters house. She also took in our cat despite severe allergies. My daughter, son in law and grandsons for putting up with me so I had a warm bed, dinner ready when I came back after working long hours cleaning and a hot shower available.
Miles Rose November 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM
The folks at Gentle Brew acted as family to both customers and strangers. First opening without power making coffee with small gas powered hot plates and then expanding to offer donated clothing, food, canned food, cleaning supplies and more. My neighbors who left and returned helped us with stuff not readily available to those with inoperable automobiles.
Miles Rose November 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Brian from Minutemen Press Island Park printed out and deliver my newsletter of LB resources and information at no cost. Please when you replacing your stationary from sandy consider Brian from minutemen Press Island Park, he was there for us, we should support him.
Goingplaces November 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM
My brother and his partner took in my parents, my 2 kids, husband and myself. We brought with us a dog and 2 cats and he already has 3 huge dogs. We were there for 3 weeks and although I cooked many evenings and purchased laundry detergent and such, we shared everything and they never once made us feel like we invaded their space. They were more than gracious. My thanksgiving is dedicated to them!
paul henck November 23, 2012 at 06:30 AM
When my eldest daughter,Kristine,who was born and raised in Long Beach, saw what was happening down here,she organized a "fill the jeep" drive in Kingston Ontario,where she now lives. In a very short time, the fine people from Canada donated so many clothes,blankets,money,and other needed supplies,she had to rent a U-Haul to get all the stuff down here. Kris and her husband Lloyd,made a 10 hour drive to LB,where the supplies were distributed from our house to family,friend and neighbors.That is what LB'ers are about, and I AM very proud to say "that's my girl"
IRISH 4 November 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
a group of young people from ADELPHI LACROSS came by and asked if they could help me and clear out my sopping wet garage and they did . their kindness was so appreciated .' but for members of our community no group was there more thant THE KNIGHTS -TOO MANY KIND HEARTS TO MENTION. I HAD MY FIRST SOUP KITCHEN MEALS THERE WITH MY SON AND IT WAS SO ENJOYABLE -SIT NEXT TO A NEIGHBOR YOU NEVER MET AND RELAX AND FIND SOME HUMOR AND KINDNESS IN THE WHOLE MESS OF SANDY,THEY WERE A BEACON FOR EVERYONE FOR DAYS AND LONG DAYS. EVEN WORKERS WERE WELCOME .WE CAN NEVER EVER THANK THEM ENOUGH FOR ALL THEIR TIME ,CARING AND LOVE THAT SURROUNDED INSIDE AND OUT. THEY ALSO HAD THEIR OWN DAMAGE TO TAKE CARE OF BUT NEIGHBORS FIRST .. LOVE& THANKS TO GEORGE AND ALL THE KNIGHTS AND VOLUNTEERS. KAY..

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