The small Jersey town of Little Ferry, for example, was rendered more than 80 percent underwater and as many as 24 other states, from Florida to Maine, Michigan to Wisconsin, residents were forced to contend with and overcome catastrophes ranging from flooded tunnels to downed subway lines to power outages that spanned entire regions.
In the end, at least 253 people died at the hands of Sandy and preliminary estimates regarding monetary damages wrought by it rises to as much as $100 billion, easily making Sandy the second most costly Atlantic hurricane in history behind only Katrina.
Clearly, it all makes for a traumatizing and disheartening experience, one hopefully made just a bit softer when one encounters a soul seemingly as pure as young Samuel Love.
“My dad has encouraged me to step up and do more to help people,” he said. “I really hope my actions lead to more people, not just kids, taking time to help people in times of need. People would say I am a good kid, but I say I am a kid who likes to do good things for others.”
Scripture assures us of as much.
Glenn Minnis is a NYC-based sports and culture writer. Follow him on Twitter at @glennnyc.