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Coloradans help victims of Sandy

3:50 PM, Nov 3, 2012   |    comments
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So many people need help with just the basics. That's why volunteers from Colorado didn't hesitate to help. 

Shauna Ballinger used to live in Staten Island, which is one of the places hardest hit by Sandy.

"I spent a couple of days looking for everybody after Sandy hit and finally started getting in touch with people and finding out what they needed," Ballinger said. "A lot of people lost absolutely everything. They have nothing."

In a matter of hours, she organized a group and encouraged them to get donated items together to ship them to the people who need them. But, Ballinger is just one of several Coloradans who went into action when the storm hit.

Patricia Billinger is the communications director with the Red Cross. She and 12 other Coloradans traveled to Staten Island on Thursday. Ever since, she's been taking pictures of their efforts and the people they've been helping.

"We were following emergency vehicles delivering hot meals. People were so grateful and so kind to us," Billinger said.

Billinger said one of the moments that sticks out to her was meeting a woman while she was passing out hot meals.

"She was crying with happiness and gratitude. She was saying she didn't know if she was going to eat today because she had no gas in her car and no way to cook food," Billinger said.

Thankful people are spread all across the east coast. Thirty-eight Xcel energy employees drove across the country to help restore power. They started in West Virginia where the people they're helping are just as grateful to them for their efforts.

Despite all of the tragedies and destruction that have hit Colorado in last few months, these Coloradans say helping the victims of Superstorm Sandy are just part of the American way.

The Red Cross says those who want to donate to the relief fund can do so by going to www.redcross.org

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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