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Ventnor Hoping To Serve Up Smiles To Storm Victims

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Volunteers unload bags of donated clothes and toys that poured in throughout the day in Ventnor. Volunteers unload bags of donated clothes and toys that poured in throughout the day in Ventnor.
Ventnor, NJ -

There is so much need here in the Atlantic City area as the line for donated clothing and food at the Ventnor Library wrapped halfway around the building.

At the Ventnor Educational Center, something as simple as a hot meal brought a smile to storm victims in need.

One of those people is Tammy Todd, who nearly burst into tears thinking of the pain and damage Sandy inflicted.

"We don't know what we got and don't got," she said crying as she looked at her storm damaged Margate apartment.

Flood waters swamped it leaving silt and mud on the ground.

Her now bagged up clothes are saturated and stained with the stench of bay water.

She says after days without power, no shower and surviving on peanut butter and jelly, she's just thankful the Ventnor Educational Complex opened to dish-up hot meals.

"I said 'oh my gosh, we can get hot food,' this was the main concern. And clean clothes."

Volunteers unloaded bags of donated clothes and toys that poured in throughout the day.

Stefani Nale stopped in to get her two younger brothers some clothes.

"Everyone here in this town suffered some kind of damage, so this is a big relief help for everyone," Nale said about the donations.

More than a thousand people were helped and served at the Ventnor Educational Complex thanks to the generosity of the school district and people like teacher Leeann Smith.

She cooked up lasagna to help feed storm victims.

"I was feeling bad for friends and family and here students. I wanted to get a visual, see their faces and make sure they're OK."

"We want to send the message out that there's always hope and when we band together we can do anything," explained Rob Baker, Interim Superintendent of Ventnor Schools.

"We'll be okay," said Todd. "We'll make it because we have all these people around here ."

Because of the need experienced Sunday, Monday until Wednesday the educational center will open from 12 to 4 p.m. so storm victims can continue to get food and clothing.

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