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Volunteers helping out the Rockaways

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Buffalo: Volunteers helping out the Rockaways
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As the cries for help from Sandy Victim's grew louder, so did the response effort from residents who wanted to help. YNN's Vanessa Yurkevich followed a group of volunteers bringing much need supplies to the Rockaways.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- A tour de force of volunteers moved through Queens Friday, brining some much needed aid to storm victims left with nothing.

“I would like to help people. I was lucky nothing happened to any of us, but we would like to help people that did have damages to their house,” volunteer Angelica Rosero said.

Rosero and her friends gathered at Assemblyman Michael Miller's office in Woodhaven. His district office and the building next door have become drop off centers, filled with food, water and clothing.

Miller said, “Yesterday I had about 15 trucks bring some down. We are collecting more today and until they tell us they have enough and don't need it.”

Dawn Siff and her friends stayed up all night making 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to be delivered to this with limited access to food. But she found it difficult to get them to hard hit areas like the Rockaways.

Siff said, “It’s not that the people in the rest of New York aren't thinking about you guys out in the Rockaways and in Staten island. We are thinking about you. It’s really hard to get things to you.”

We found that too. We followed a caravan of volunteers through Cross Bay and then into the Rockaways and only got through quickly because of police escorts. Volunteers dropped off the items at Silver Gull Beach Club in Breezy Point, a swanky hangout pre Sandy, now a donation center.

For Rosero, seeing the devastation first hand was an eye opener.

“I can’t imagine anyone going through this,” Rosero said. “I couldn't imagine how I would feel. I would freak out if anything like this happened to me.”

Once the supplies are sorted, they will be distributed to those who need them most, like those people in the Rockaways. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP