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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