Recovery efforts have been launched on the East Coast in
response to superstorm Sandy.
Various cities in the Manhattan area have issued a call for help
from the National Hurricane Survival Initiative.
"Some of them have already asked us to begin feeding in their
shelters," shares Salvation Army Lt. Stephen Mayes. "So we're
partnering with the cities and we're bringing the food component to
… some places [where] there's up to 800 to 1,000 people staying in
a single shelter, and we're being asked to provide food. That will
probably continue very heavily for the next several days."
While the recovery work is under way, he reflects on when the
storm was hitting, as he was headed home to northern
"To drive through 30 or 40 blocks of complete darkness in the
city that never sleeps, it was a pretty incredible moment -- like
not cool, not a happy moment. but it was a moment that struck me as
being very unique," Mayes shares.
Now, he says, the work really begins.
"Keep us in your thoughts and prayers, because we've got some
long days ahead of us," the Salvation Army lieutenant asserts. "But
you know when you're rebuilding a community, and when you're
helping people out, it's worth it. At the end of the day, you see a
According to The Associated Press, the death toll has
reached 55 in the U.S.