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#OccupySandy: 25 Inspiring Photos Of A Community Relief Effort

Parts of New York may still be without electricity, but they’re flooded with people-power.

Started by members of Occupy Wall Street and organized along the same democratic principles, Occupy Sandy has taken the lead in helping the most hard-hit New Yorkers get back on their feet. Beyond collecting over $650,000 in donated goods, Occupy Sandy volunteers have helped clear debris from damaged houses, brought medical attention to elderly people trapped in high-rise apartment buildings, cooked thousands of hot meals, and sent a strong message to residents in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Coney Island: You Are Not Alone.

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The happiest sandwich maker in New York.

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Occupy Sandy cleans up the Coney Island boardwalk.

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A volunteer goes in the basement of a house on 101st Street in Far Rockaway, Queens.

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3 hard-working volunteers in Coney Island take a well-deserved break.

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Members of the National Guard take part in an Occupy Sandy orientation at the Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew in Brooklyn.

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Human chain outside The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.

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Volunteers cleaning the gym at St. Gertrude’s Church in Far Rockaway, Queens to turn it into a supply distribution center.

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Power tools are deployed in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

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Nobody’s too young to help make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

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Donated clothes being distributed in Far Rockaway, Queens.

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Far Rockaway, Queens.

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11 volunteers take a break after clearing a basement and a garage in Far Rockaway.

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A unicorn fan poses with supplies destined for Occupy Sandy.

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Comedy Central donated 11,000 slices of Election Night pie.

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Volunteers from UPS at The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.

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Volunteers unload donated Amazon goods outside The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn.

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Honorary resources coordinator at St. Gertrude’s Church in Far Rockaway.

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Occupy Sandy organizers making plans at the You Are Not Alone community center in Far Rockaway, Queens.

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The first house cleared by Occupy Sandy, in Far Rockaway.

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An #OccupySandy free store for storm victims in Staten Island,

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Piles of donated clothing at a staging area in Far Rockaway.

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A banner with a popular Occupy rallying cry hangs on the front of the first Occupy Sandy hub, St. Jacobi Church in Brooklyn.

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The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn is overrun with donations from around the country.

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Environmental activists from Time’s Up man a bicycle-powered charging station on 96th Street in Far Rockaway.

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