A Note from Hickey Freeman on Hurricane Sandy

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the hurricane. We are thinking of all our customers in the area during this difficult time.

Hickey Freeman president Mike Cohen, who lives on the New Jersey shore, saw firsthand the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.

He volunteered to help members of his community clean up the debris on lawns and clear out homes so they could be restored on both Saturday and Sunday.

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A group of volunteers including Hickey Freeman President Mike Cohen cleans up debris on the New Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy.

The scene was shocking. Some of the victims’ “whole lives have been devastated,” Cohen said, adding you could tell many “didn’t know where to begin” with the restoration process.

There were docks and boats washed ashore, which had to be disassembled with chain saws and trashed, according to Cohen.

Cohen helped remove furniture that was soaked with salt water and removed layers of glass and wood from properties.

Family photos were scattered on the ground, Cohen said, and children helped pick up personal memorabilia to take to the Town Hall where residents may claim them later.

“People were really appreciative,” of the help he provided with approximately 50 other volunteers. “Everybody was pitching in. The community really comes together when something like this happens.”

Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, disturbing parts of the Carribean, Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern United States, and Eastern Canada, with a death toll of over 110 in the United States so far.

On Friday, an NBC benefit concert for victims of the storm raised almost $23 million in donations to the American Red Cross. If you wish to contribute to the American Red Cross, click here.

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