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Perrysburg woman heads to N.J. to help Hurricane Sandy victims

Heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy is Jakeabob's Bay restaurant and piers in Union Beach, N.J. Heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy is Jakeabob's Bay restaurant and piers in Union Beach, N.J.
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A Perrysburg woman is traveling to New Jersey as part of her second volunteer trip to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Kathy Nershi will be helping those on the Jersey Shore to find housing after they were displaced by the October hurricane.

"There are still people living in hotels three months after the fact," she said Wednesday, while on her way to the East Coast. "There are people living in their homes with no electricity."

It is her second trip aiding in Sandy recovery. Ms. Nershi was in New Jersey for two weeks in late October and early November, delivering meals and clean-up kits in Monmouth County and aiding in organizing and logistics in a Red Cross warehouse.

She is a member of the American Red Cross in Wood County Disaster Action Team. She volunteers for the Humane Society, Wood County Committee on Aging, and Lutheran Church of the Master in Perrysburg.

"I just feel like, if you can give, you should give. I have the time and I have the desire to help," she said of her frequent volunteering.

Nearly 1,000 Red Cross workers are on the ground operating fixed feeding sites and providing some mobile feeding in New York where there is still a need, according to the American Red Cross, Northwest Ohio Region. Locally, the Red Cross has sent more than 40 volunteers to aid in Sandy recovery efforts, according to Amanda Aldrich, an agency spokesman.

Contact Kate Giammarise at: or 419-724-6091, or on Twitter @KateGiammarise.

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