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Volunteers Keep Staten Island Sandy Victims Warm On Frigid Night

Staten Island After Sandy

Volunteers prepared meals in a heated tent this New Year’s Day in Sandy-ravaged Staten Island. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday night will be the coldest so far of the season, and many residents displaced for Superstorm Sandy were seeking shelter from the freezing temperatures.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Elise Finch reported the low in New York City will be 25 degrees overnight, but in some outlying areas, the low will drop to a near-dangerous 5 degrees.

As CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reported, with the bone-chilling cold creeping in Tuesday night, residents were taking shelter in a hurricane relief tent on Staten Island. One of those residents was Eddie Saman.

“There is the only place I can come, here,” he said.

Saman’s house is not an option.

“The roof is open, so there is no place I can go except here,” he said.

Nearby was Abby Hamadi, who was comfortable and grateful.

“No heat in my house — 100 percent,” she said. “I came here to get a little bit of heat.”

A few miles away at another hurricane relief tent, where the words Hope 2013 served as a beacon, Paul Pacaro got himself a hot meal — something he badly needed given how he’s been getting around.

“It’s bad. It’s cold. I’m on a bicycle,” he said. “It’s pretty bad. It’s cold.”

It was cold outside, but there warm hearts inside, from people such Anthony Hall, who kept the light on a little later Tuesday night.

“We still have hot food. We just want to make sure, if there’s that one person who needs help, that we can offer it to them,” Hall said.

On this night, with so much damage and despair, that’s all anyone could ask for.

“We stay very warm in this tent,” said volunteer Lea Tolls. “As long as we’re in the tent, we’re fine.”

“Those on the receiving end said places like the tent are a saving grace. They said without them, they don’t know how they would get by.

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