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Sandy victims try to stay warm in very cold weather condtions

November 24, 2012 8:59:33 PM PST
Tents are setup in a parking lot on Midland Blvd, Staten Island to serve hot food and distribute supplies to people in need.

One of the people volunteering to help others is himself sleeping in a tent at night because his apartment still doesn't have heat.

"There is no way to escape the cold, there really isn't," said John Bravo.

On this frigid night, Bravo is warming his hands by a propane heater. He's volunteering in Midland Beach to help storm victims and when he's done, he goes to sleep under many blankets in this tent.

"There's no hot water, there's nothing at my house, but it's warmer here than at home," he adds.

John slept in his basement apartment after the storm, but he got frostbite on his hands and feet.

The color is just now returning to his hands, but still, John's primary concern is for others, like the Borelli family in Grant Beach. They just got power back and their home still has no heat and no hot water.

"You wake up freezing, you go to sleep freezing," said Thomas Borelli.

Thomas' 2-year old daughter Isabella is sick with a cold. It certainly doesn't help that her house is just 50 degrees.

Two small space heaters are all her family has, and when it's time to get clean, they warm her bathwater on the stove.

The Borelli's boiler is broken and they can't afford to fix it. Thomas is working 80 hours a week at a local deli to earn enough money to move to a place where his daughter will be warm and healthy.

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