UNION BEACH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – When you lose everything, sometimes it is the little things that matter most – old love letters, family photographs, a wedding ring.
Such is the case for the victims of the superstorm.
On Facebook, two women from New Jersey – Holly Sprick of Franklin and Shannon Pryor of Toms River – started Hurricane Sandy’s Lost Treasures, where unearthed mementoes and keepsakes are reunited with their owners.
In one success story, Stacy Stansbury found a blue and white high school varsity jacket during a Union Beach cleanup. She posted pictures online.
“That’s when it went crazy with people sharing it and giving thoughts as to where I should look, who I should contact, and I don’t even think it was on the page for more than 48 hours and Michelle called me,” Stansbury told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.
Michelle Rubino said she felt like she won the lottery.
“She was speechless, really, when I talked to her. She was just like ‘I just can’t believe that you found this and it looks so good!’ So, it was very cool. It was very rewarding and the neatest part, I think, was just how total strangers work together on this website,” Stansbury said.
Now there’s talk in New Jersey of possibly creating one central clearing house for future disaster recoveries.
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