In the beginning of December, I traveled out to Breezy Point with my softball team, the Brooklyn Cyclones. The team is based out of Brooklyn so many of my teammates were personally affected by Hurricane Sandy or their friends were. When we arrived, almost a month and a half after Sandy, there were still state police roadblocks that were checking vehicles in and out of the area. As soon as we drove into the town, we immediately saw houses that had been completely torn off of their foundations and dropped back down ten feet away. It was remarkable. We arrived at a church that we had organized with to hold a cookout. When we arrived, we set up our tables and grills. We gave out hot dogs and hamburgers to people whose houses had been destroyed, volunteer workers, and policemen and women. One woman who lived in Breezy Point actually came up to me and told me that the food that we brought was the first hot meal she had had in two weeks. It was amazing to know that this simple act of bringing a grill and some hot dogs could bring so much joy to someone who had lost everything. A little while later, a truck came with donations for the citizens of Breezy Point. We unloaded everything from packets of Mac & Cheese to cribs and diapers. After that, my friend Nicole’s friend who lived in Breezy brought us to his house. While we were walking away from the main road, we saw more and more houses that were devastated. When we got to his house and went inside, he showed us that water had got up to three feet in the first floor of the house. Ever since Sandy, he had been living with his extended family in Brooklyn.
Overall, it was really nice being able to help all those people who had lost so much. I was truly amazed at how thankful they were.