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Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church helps victims of Sandy in Toms River, N.J.

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 11 2012 06:04:19 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 12 2012 05:30:23 AM CST

Group helps NJ Sandy victims

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the Northeast, and folks are transitioning now to the clean-up.

A group from the Lehigh Valley headed down to Toms River, New Jersey, on Sunday- one of the hardest hit areas.  They volunteered their time and labor helping homeowners gut their homes.

Just looking from the outside, the damage doesn't look that bad.

But two weeks ago, a street in Toms River sat under four feet of water.

Twenty-five volunteers gave up their day to help gut a single story home.  Nearly half the helping hands at this site made the trip from Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship in Allentown.

 "The basic plan was just to help with any of the clean-up that needed to be done," said Steven Klase.

Every day since the beginning of November, the international Christian disaster relief organization Samaritan's Purse has been in this area picking up the pieces, supporting folks who didn't have insurance.

The damage in Toms River has been devastating.

"We knew some of what we were gonna have to do but we didn't realize the full extent till we showed up," Klase said.

The loss is estimated at $35,000 but most likely will be more.  

Inside the home, the water rose higher than a foot, so all of the drywall needed to be ripped out.  Everything wet needs to go so mold doesn't grow and the floors and walls can start to dry.

Homeowner April Knehr  is trying to stay hopeful, but it's painful watching her life and her memories tossed out in the trash.

"I lost home movies, I lost pictures, furniture, everything," Knehr said.

Click for more information on Samaritan's Purse.