Elon man helping Sandy victims in New Jersey
ELON, N.C. — An Elon man is determined to help to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
When Sandy slammed the east coast it was tough for Brian and Christina Flaherty to watch. The couple grew up, met, and started their family in New Jersey.
“When we actually saw these images, after the fact we spent summers at the Jersey Shore we went to Jenkinson’s on the boardwalk, rode the roller coasters and took our kids there. It’s gone. It’s forever changed. It’s just really sad,” says Christina Flaherty.
Brian Flaherty decided he had to go help his home state. Within 24 hours, he made up his mind, gathered enough donated supplies to fill a 12 by 12 trailer and hit the road to New Jersey.
“There’s no way to put it into words. You see it on T.V. and it seems like a movie. You see it in real life and its devastating,” Brian Flaherty said.
One e-mail and boxes upon boxes of supplies showed up at their home. Anything from tooth paste to paper plates donated to victims from strangers.
Brian has been in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey volunteering since Thursday. He’s been handing out food and water, cutting down trees, and helping strangers and family members clean out their homes.
“He’s always been the kind of person that wants to be in the action and wants to help and wants to give as much as he can,” Christina Flaherty said.
The Flaherty’s are going to be shipping another round of supplies to New Jersey. If you want to donate you can call (732) 232.4341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.