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    Posted November 14, 2012 by
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    jbrownphoto and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    Mormon Helping Hands


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter and wedding videographer jbrownphoto went to the Rockaway section of Queens, New York, to volunteer in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. He and busloads of other Mormons canceled their church plans one Sunday and he documented the day of volunteering in this video.

    From the vivid imagery to the emotional interviews with residents affected by Sandy, Brown’s video takes you to a place that lost it all. The arc of the story goes from the despair people face to the hope they feel when volunteers come to save the day.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to volunteer to assist in the recovery efforts within these communities. On Sunday, November 11th, thousands of Mormons cancelled their church services and arrived by air, bus and train from all across the country to help.
    Please share this video with any friends and family that might be able to help the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Not only at the Rockaways, but Staten Island, Long Island, and New Jersey. The church is coordinating the efforts, but anyone (both Mormon and non Mormon) is welcome to come and help.
    For more information about this and other ongoing efforts please visit:
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