One holiday is about to start and because of Superstorm Sandy, dozens of families won't be spending Thanksgiving in their homes.
However, by the time Christmas rolls around, at least 30 families will have a new place to call home, due to efforts of one foundation and a New Milford church.
A New York-based foundation, known as Tunnel to Towers, is running this project and has chosen to bring victims from Staten Island to Litchfield County.
"In Staten Island itself, 14,000 families have been affected adversely," said Frank Siller of Tunnel to Towers. "Many of them lost their homes. Done - out of their houses."
Sandy's devastation left many families with nothing. For the last three weeks, they've been living in temporary shelters.
"Some of these people lived in the houses for 30, 40, 50 years ... and it was gone," Siller said. "It was like a tsunami hit."
This disaster hits close to home for Siller because Staten Island is his home. He personally knows several victims and that's why when Sandy struck, it was his priority to put his community service charity on the frontline.
"We've given out easily, $5 million worth in supplies, food, and other needs," Siller said.
The million dollar project to bring 30, 14x48 foot modular homes onto the grounds of the Faith Church in New Milford starts Thursday. For as long as they need, this will be the place where Sandy victims will call home.
And during their time here, Pastor Frank Sanatoria said all necessities will be met. Every week, the Faith Church will provide each home with a box of food and residents can register their children at the on-site school.
"So that their lives can be as normal as possible," Santora said.
Now, the rush to bring in these homes is on ... so as many as possible can have a merry Christmas.
"We just want to be as much of a blessing to them as possible and give them the gift of hope which is what people need at a time like this," Santora said.
The move-in date is slated for Dec. 23. If Sandy left someone you know in the Staten Island area homeless, they can apply for these homes.
Tunnel to Towers will accept applications starting Monday. If you'd like to help, the organization is looking for furniture donations. Anyone interested in helping, can click on the following link.
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:28 AM EDT2013-06-19 10:28:50 GMT
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