A swan swims near the flooded home of the Maziekien family on November 21, 2012 in Mantoloking, New Jersey. Mantoloking was one of the hardest hit areas by Superstorm Sandy. The storm devastated the northeast.(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty …
SHEFFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio - A Sheffield Lake college student describes his trip to New Jersey to help Superstorm Sandy victims as "humbling."
Karl Guenther II, 23, says taking a semi load of supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy "has been one of the most humbling experiences that I have ever had."
Guenther said it felt great to deliver the items to the shelter where he couldn't believe his eyes.
"After taking a tour of the city, I can honestly say that I am appalled that the people of New Jersey are having to wait so long for aid! I would like to ask the members of the Senate, Congress, and President Obama how they would like to spend one night in a makeshift shanty or a tent in these weather conditions?"
The 23-year-old college student believes elected officials need to do what is best for the people and making them wait three months after a disaster strikes to pass a recovery bill is not acceptable.
"I would like to ask everyone to take the time to call, write, and e-mail your congressman, senators, state reps, and even President Obama asking them why this has taken so long. Flooding their mailboxes," said Guenther. "They need to answer the people who put them into office."
Guenther says seeing the destruction personally and the people that have been affected by the disaster has made him want to help even more.
'They say that a picture speaks a thousand words. Standing in the middle of it speaks a million."
Guenther collected bottles of hand sanitizer, disposable toothbrushes and toothpaste, among others items for a month to take to the disaster victims. He was prompted by watching the "12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief" on TV to start the effort.
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