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Hurricane Sandy volunteer from Louisville shares his week of hope

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Glenn Smith of Louisville knew he had to travel to his hometown in New Jersey after seeing pictures of the devastation. Glenn Smith of Louisville knew he had to travel to his hometown in New Jersey after seeing pictures of the devastation.
Hurricane Sandy unleashing its fury along the Eastern Seaboard. Hurricane Sandy unleashing its fury along the Eastern Seaboard.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hurricane Sandy slammed across the northeast in late October, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

When the images surfaced, Glenn Smith, a New Jersey native, knew he had to help. On November 4, he drove 800 miles in 12 hours to get from Louisville to his hometown.

"I mean, we're handing out blankets and bottles of water to people, and you would have thought it was Christmas day to them because they had been sitting in the dark or cold for over a week," Smith said.

Trees were splintered across the roads, buildings were destroyed and people were without power. Drivers waited in lines for hours to get gasoline.

"People would want to fill their generators because there were people in the shore who were living on gas more than a week," Smith said. "They'd come up to the truck where we had supplies and warm meals, their faces are just so drawn in and emotionless. You felt their pain and anguish about losing just about everything they ever had."

Smith said the images were startling but the people were strong. It was the damage to the famous Jersey Shore that stung. Smith compared to Churchill Downs being leveled.

"The shore was, for a lot of people, the place you had your first kiss," Smith said. "You probably had your first drink there, and you experienced so much life with your grandparents and their grandparents and your parents. So to think now that so much of those memories are gone, maybe never to be recaptured, is just overwhelming."

Smith said he'd like to go back. He's working with a group to collect toys and bring them up to the children of Sandy so they too can celebrate the holidays.

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