Heidi Klum visited Wantagh Fire Department Station No. 3 Sunday as part of an AOL / Patch outreach effort in concert with the American Red Cross and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management. Credit Jason Molinet
“These people suffered tremendous losses in their lives,” said Jay
Cohen, Chairman of the Wantagh Board of Fire Commissioners. “Their
possessions, their homes and simple things like clothes.”
Patch editors from around the region volunteered their time and Klum
rode in on a truck filled with goods: Clothes, detergent, diapers and
“We’re hugely committed to people who are in need,” Patch co-founder and Chief Executive Jon Brod
said. “We’re in the business of helping people. Period. That’s the
first value of AOL. Patch does it every day of the week. But in times of
crisis, we want to not only help digitally, but also help physically.
So rolling out targeted relief supplies to places like Seaford and
surrounding areas we couldn’t be happier with.”
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With winter coming, warm clothes were a priority for locals still
reeling from the storm. Bob Galewski and his wife patiently sifted
through boxes looking for clothes to fit their young children.
“We’re making it through,” Galewski said. “Slowly rebuilding.”
Rebuilding, just like the fire house he was standing in. Station No. 3
opened less than a year ago, but suffered severe damage after four feet
of water flooded the main floor. The scars from ripped out sheet rock
are still visible along the walls.
More than 100 locals lined up at the fire house, many taking away red
sacks loaded with goods, from gloves and canned food to pet supplies
“People still are suffering,” Klum said. “People still need things.
It’s not like you send a truck full of things and everything is fine
again. It’s going to take a while to rebuild and for people to get back
on their feet.”