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Local Volunteers Help Sandy Storm Victims

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- It's been weeks since Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, and the disaster relief efforts are far from being over. Families are still salvaging what they can, while getting a helping hand from local volunteers.

"We said that yeah we're a group from Nashville, Tennessee," volunteer Caroline Gallagher explained. "And they go Nashville? You really came from Nashville, Tennessee to serve us?"

Even after spending four days in Long Beach Island, New Jersey the images of homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy are still difficult for Gallagher to take in.

"This woman, you can see right inside of her house," Gallagher said while looking at one of her many pictures. "It makes me sick right now."

She was one of one dozen Lipscomb University staff and students who volunteered to help with the disaster relief efforts.

"We removed any walls with sheet rock, any flooring, hardwood floors, carpet [and] any padding underneath," she said.

Weeks after the storm hit, residents in the most affected areas are still just beginning to deal with its aftermath.

"There's no power; there's no water; there's no gas on at all."

That's why on Saturday, six employees from Piedmont Natural Gas in Nashville headed to Staten Island, New York. They signed up to help National Grid workers twelve to sixteen hours a day for twelve days straight.

"It'll be well worth it when you can go in and light someone's pilot and get their heat going and their water going. It's worth it," Piedmont Natural Gas Supervisor Jerry Deal said.

They know first-hand what it's like to respond during a disaster.

"When we had the flood here a few years ago we needed all the help we could get," he said. "So we know what the people in the Northeast are going through."

Now they're just paying it forward; a gesture sure to bring relief hundreds of miles away.


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