Christmas in January
Sandy victims finally get their gifts
- Duration 4:30
- Date Jan 28, 2013
Sandy victims finally get their gifts
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Welcome back -- holidays were difficult this year for the victims of super storm sandy.
But that all changed for some -- and the heart that rockaway is New York area they got a belated surprise from across country Santa.
That -- we thank him this morning his name is James -- and he joins us now along with two of the families that lost their homes to -- -- We're joined by the Murphy family raise your hand Murphy family we have -- And -- let's not give Jake -- cabin -- -- -- the four book for kids and then we have the Courtney family.
Hey Courtney -- wave to the crowd.
We have Joseph Butler -- -- Julia and feeling so good to see you long we're gonna talk to you just a minute but first -- only talk to you sure what did you do for these -- -- why.
Well we've we've got a lot going on yes there was a special day we with the from the mine Paul -- from -- that we.
Uploaded about five presents for each kid.
They got picked their five top presence we told them to swing for the stars and some dead that he made a -- made a -- we uploaded about hunt 15100 presents one got it seemed.
But not there was about 300 families of those -- And we got every single gift and we going to Christensen rockaway was you haven't seen Diego and what is it about the -- always been -- I was born and raised there my family all still lives there -- when I saw what was going on and you'll be able to help I -- A couple days after this long.
Showed up with you know truckloads of generators and water -- and we started doing our own version of the Iraq -- how did you come with the -- for Christmas.
Our Christmas was.
Just Melissa I had been worked on their house thing we were standing there and I asked Americans hear what they were getting for Christmas and and -- very quickly said they're getting -- hot water.
And she was pretty serious -- I realize they weren't gonna have much of of a Christmas and that's when I come prepared him again.
That's great heights and what was your reaction yesterday it was Christmas in Iraq always the children got five gets -- what were your thoughts straight -- had smiles medianews.
You know who came from there -- very happy.
And and what were the -- the presents -- they you to tell me.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I think and I pat what was your favorite.
Unlike a -- and how about yours.
It's an architect's fees are ecstatic -- and how about you.
And I -- so what was your reaction when when James comes from San Diego with all of these -- Well you just blown away by the kindness and generosity you know -- people who.
Think about view and the federal level of destruction -- was -- -- but going beyond that immigrants make the kids happy.
You know if we can keep smiles on the kids' faces.
We know we'll get back together you know actually -- -- your children are just beautiful and I guess.
The silver lining as he still have each other and happy family what about your house here still homeless.
You have where -- -- not home yet it's going to be awhile my -- was totally destroyed by the floods and we have to deconstruct.
Forward reconstruct so it's going to be -- while.
I'll fortune that we have some -- numbers that we're live with now and we're making -- best of it.
I didn't let -- within laws I heard someone -- Agilent it's going.
That's good about your parents my -- that -- hadn't happened just getting and I.
Thank goodness for failing -- -- James really quickly what else can we do -- a lot of people that are still homeless.
You know we we've got cops and firemen out there in rockaway and I really would just like to see the government officials really step in and we've been disappointed we've then.
You know surprised by the lack of effort these -- the people out of the backbone of the city and then to -- to have to come across the country.
-- hundred families get back in their homes the script by Christmas.
You know you think the city and state can do a lot more how did you raise money how much money what's that we -- about a million -- have found so far.
A lot of personal friends a lot of phone calls a lot of phone calls San Diego where Pronger has been absolutely great.
Kind of rockaway and there's a lot of work to do and I certainly can't do it -- their website for people how much they wanted to right now we're putting everything through -- charities of the diocese in new York and -- -- -- and up from.
We -- really sweet god bless you thank you for doing this for these families and they feel the same way.
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