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Heidi Klum, Patch Aid South Shore Community

Locals stricken by Sandy line up at Wantagh Fire Station Sunday seeking clothes and other aid.

Supermodel Heidi Klum delivered cheer and much-needed supplies Sunday to a waterfront neighborhood in Seaford that saw extensive flood damage during Hurricane Sandy.

Her visit to Wantagh Fire Department Station No. 3 in Seaford was part of an AOL / Patch outreach effort in concert with the American Red Cross and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management.

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“These people suffered tremendous losses in their lives,” said Jay Cohen, Chairman of the Wantagh Board of Fire Commissioners. “Their possessions, their homes and simple things like clothes.” 

Patch editors from around the region volunteered their time and Klum rode in on a truck filled with goods: Clothes, detergent, diapers and more.

“We’re hugely committed to people who are in need,” Patch co-founder and Chief Executive Jon Brod said. “We’re in the business of helping people. Period. That’s the first value of AOL. Patch does it every day of the week. But in times of crisis, we want to not only help digitally, but also help physically. So rolling out targeted relief supplies to places like Seaford and surrounding areas we couldn’t be happier with.”

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With winter coming, warm clothes were a priority for locals still reeling from the storm. Bob Galewski and his wife patiently sifted through boxes looking for clothes to fit their young children.

“We’re making it through,” Galewski said. “Slowly rebuilding.”

Rebuilding, just like the fire house he was standing in. Station No. 3 opened less than a year ago, but suffered severe damage after four feet of water flooded the main floor. The scars from ripped out sheet rock are still visible along the walls. 

More than 100 locals lined up at the fire house, many taking away red sacks loaded with goods, from gloves and canned food to pet supplies and blankets.

“People still are suffering,” Klum said. “People still need things. It’s not like you send a truck full of things and everything is fine again. It’s going to take a while to rebuild and for people to get back on their feet.”

Story and video by Jason Molinet.

C Walter December 03, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thant is so nice.. I am so proud to see that people still care about us. Thank you Heidi and the whole team.
Katherine Trunk December 03, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Beautiful story. South Shore of Long Island was much affected. God bless all the helpers, bravo to Heidi Klum!
paul December 04, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Nice story. One of the pictures with Mangano and Heidi Klum should read: Heidi Klum lifts heavy box with ease while Mangano struggles to lift a lighter box... Just saying. Scroll through the pics, you will see what I mean...
ed December 04, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Mangano will do anything for a photo op....He should worry more about cutting patronage jobs, for his friends, which is bankrupting our county.
Denise December 04, 2012 at 12:09 PM
That was so nice that Heidi Klum came to support us in Seaford! Even Mangano bringing her to here to Seaford was also very nice of him when so many other areas were also hit so hard by Sandy! Now is the time to start thinking about moving away from the water because the next storm may be even worse and these people won't come back to help you next time - you'll be on your own and flood insurance is broke, so they will be increasing rates tremendously after this disaster and who knows if they will make it to pay out for all the damage the next storm will bring!
Denise December 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
That's so nice that Heidi Klum came to help us in Seaford!
walter smolen December 04, 2012 at 01:59 PM
if mangano was a liberal democrate , youd be praising him on how great a job hes doing, you people make me sick with ur bickering.

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