Church Leaders Appeal For Volunteers, Donations In Less Well-Off Communities

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Recovering from Superstorm Sandy has been harder for some communities than others.

A month after the storm ravaged parts of the Tri-State Area, poorer communities on the Rockaway Peninsula seem to be suffering the most.

While many people on the west end are rebuilding their housing, many on the east end, like Cedric Christian, said they are still struggling to get the basics.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera Reports From Far Rockaway

“[I] can’t get up in the morning and make anything because I have nothing to cook,” he told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

Christian was among those in a food line at the Community Church of the Nazarene, where the pastor, Rev. Les Mullings, said he comes across many like him.

“We have a lot of housing developments over here and people are in need more so than those on the west side,” Mullings said.

So if you are looking to donate supplies, labor or money, the pastor is appealing for people to choose a less well-off community like Far Rockaway.

In Arverne, stores remain shuttered and people are still standing in food lines.

Rev. Alfred Cockfield said poorer communities are way behind west end communities like Belle Harbor.

“This area, particularly, some people haven’t even started cleaning out their homes yet,” Cockfield said.

One woman, who lives in Jackson Heights, came to a supply tent to donate because she saw many still struggling weeks after the storm.

“I see that there is a great need over here because the population over here is different — just like breaks my heart,” she said.

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