Abc's juju chang spent sometime with the storm victims in the beach front community of rockaways. Reporter: Good morning, george, we're in the rockaways, and friends are distributing hot coffee and... See More
Abc's juju chang spent sometime with the storm victims in the beach front community of rockaways. Reporter: Good morning, george, we're in the rockaways, and friends are distributing hot coffee and doughnuts which is as good as it gets here. I've been in new jersey, staten island, here in the rockaways, and when you see a disaster of this magnitude, you just know that the need is so staggering. People here need everything from heavy machinery down to baby wipes. We tried to drill down to the same four things they might be asking over and over again. You might be surprised with the list. I just want the community saved. And there's a lot to save here. Reporter: For codey duran and his sister mariah 80 years of family history gone. They're combing through the muddy mess for generations of memory. The bible. You know, old yearbooks. I tried to peel the pages back, but they're ripping already. 1946? Yeah. See, the most important stuff for us to save is the pictures. Give me a sense of what this community needs to rebuild. Garbage bags, cleaning supplies, gloves, water. Reporter: I talked to betty and her daughter becky they weren't so lucky. Most of us went out of here with what we had on and maybe one other outfit. Now, we come back, we have no clothing, no anything. It's the really truly valuable things in there that are invaluable? Things you can't replace. In the hardest hit area, george what we heard over and over, the most thing they needed is port-a-potties. When there's no plumbing, there's one thing they're gue getting testy about. Two, they need generators to pump the water out. On a more personal level, people asking for flash lights and batteries, that's number three. Once it gets dark, it's spooky. Number four, they're asking for cleaning supplies. I had a chance to talk with the fema chief craig fugate yesterday, he wanted to remind everyone that while it's nice and personal to donate goods and foods, what people need is cash to organizations that are already on the ground. It just adds another level of complexity if you show up with goods. Absolutely. Juju, thanks very much. We want to funnel that money through the red cross. Call 1-800-help-now to donate for hurricane relief. We just found out a lot of calls are coming in. You might get a busy signal. If you get a busy signal, make sure you call back. There's so much to get to in
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