NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Volunteers spending their time helping residents hit hard by Superstorm Sandy on Staten Island have started an online petition asking the MTA to waive tolls on the Verrazano Bridge.

The petition launched last week on the site requests a three-month moratorium on Verrazano Bridge tolls for Staten Island residents, relief workers and volunteers.

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“Folks shouldn’t have to pay $13 to help out in the recovery process and many can’t afford to keep volunteering,” says the petition statement on the site.

The petition is filled with comments from volunteers like Heather Curtis of Highland Mills who wrote, “I have been volunteering on Staten Island & the Rockaways. I love to help out and people out there need us so much. But the high tolls are really rough and add up quickly. Please waive tolls for volunteers so we can continue to work and help those who so desperately need us!”

Terri Abplanalp of Brooklyn said “Please give the poor people of SI a break. So many are suffering so greatly…let’s try to help them, not add insult to injury.”

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So far, more than 5,000 people have signed the online petition.

For more information, click here.

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