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Volunteers help victims rebuild after Hurricane Sandy

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Nearly two months after Super Storm Sandy devastated the east coast, thousands of people are still trying to rebuild.

Days before Christmas, volunteers delivered a little hope to one family still trying to move back into their home.

Laine Dripchak does not have a job this Christmas. Superstorm Sandy destroyed the restaurant where she and her three daughter worked. It also wiped out the first floor of their home in Breezy Point, New York.
 
"You just want to be back in your home, even if it's not going to be the same," Dripchak said.

Volunteers from Operation Blessing are trying to make that happen.

Days before Christmas seven of them put up insulation, an expensive job that the single mother says she just doesn't have the money for right now.

"It's such a relief, it is such a burden off your shoulders, it's fabulous that they are such kind thoughtful people," said Dripchak.

The family will not be able to spend Christmas in their home this year. In fact, they don't expect the work to be finished until the spring. But, they say knowing people volunteered to make their Christmas brighter is the best gift they could receive.

The dripchak's aren't the only ones getting help from operation blessing. In October, Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage along the east coast and devastated the waterfront community.