Stories From Main Street: Reuniting Sandy Victims With Their Missing Treasures
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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Two friends in New Jersey are helping reunite victims of superstorm Sandy with their belongings that were washed away.
As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, Sandy didn’t just rip apart homes, it washed away memories.
“We still have a lot of stuff to reunite,” co-founder Shannon Pryor said.
She and Holly Sprick have created a virtual lost-and-found on their Facebook page, Hurricane Sandy’s Lost Treasures, where abandoned items are cataloged.
“There’s the album with everything that’s been found so far. There’s an album with things that people are looking for. And then there’s the album with the success stories where things were reunited,” said Pryor. “The stories started coming forward on reuniting them, it was just so touching that we could bring that little bit of hope back to the people who have lost everything.”
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Among the items found washed up on beaches are photographs, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, boats, house numbers and toys.
A piece of boardwalk was found washed ashore in Lavallette.
“There was a little, tiny plaque on it, a memorial plaque. And I posted it on the site and within like a week, somebody had saw it and it was for her husband that passed away,” Pryor said. “It was something higher that brought us together to find that for her because that was the one thing that meant the most to her in the world and even though part of her house was destroyed, she was more hurt that that plaque was missing.”
“It could be something so small but that one small thing could mean the world to somebody,” said Pryor.
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