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Hurricane Sandy Firefighter – Road to Recovery – Waves for Water

People just rise to the occasion and help you get it done.

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One year after Hurricane Sandy hit, more than 22,000 families were still displaced from their homes. Volunteer Firefighter John Gelalia was one of them. He lost his Jersey Shore home, his relationship, and his truck. Too committed to his community to leave, John lived in his gutted home without electricity or plumbing, and he biked to respond to fire emergencies. Waves for Water and KIND Snacks partnered to help John completely rebuild his home and get back to a stable life.