TODAY | January 29, 2013
>> today marks three months since superstorm sandy devastated so many communities here in the northeast. and while progress is being made, there is still so much more to be done. we recently visited the hard-hit town of union beach , new jersey.
>> it is so cold out.
>> reporter: sometimes something as simple as a pair of mittens can make all the difference. this woman and her family lost their entire home and all of its contents in hurricane sandy. she and thousands of others depend on distribution centers like this one in union beach .
>> even if you come here, get a loaf of bread or a hug, it means a lot.
>> reporter: we first visited this community before the holidays.
>> this was the living room, yes, sir.
>> reporter: carlos rodriguez 's wife and son, jonathan, narrowly escaped the flooding.
>> water was coming in the house.
>> reporter: how high was it getting?
>> to about the stairs.
>> reporter: now even with the help of volunteers the road to recovery is still long.
>> how long are we looking at, paul? that i could come back in and sleep in here?
>> i'm hoping the middle of march.
>> reporter: no money from insurance, nothing from fema either.
>> i called and talked to you the other day.
>> reporter: most hurricane relief comes from the kindness of strangers. jennifer mayer oversees the recovery effort at the municipal build i building. she says the need for supplies is desperate.
>> one piece of sheet rock , send sheet rock .
>> reporter: she has been giving what she has to people like steve chandler. in addition to the storm damage his 14-year-old son, shane, is undergoing chemotherapy, yet he tries to stay positive.
>> i keep saying we'll have a good barbecue this year, have everybody over for a barbecue.
>> reporter: high hopes for a town fighting to survive.
>> hope. when you have hope, you have it all.
>> reporter: so keeping with that theme, we're announcing a new initiative today. "today" gives hope. in collaboration with our friends at the uniteded way and amazon.com, we set a really simple way for you to donate essential items that people need.
>> if you want to find out more, go to today.com/hope. it was three months ago today that sandy hit. and there is still a lot of need.