Second Annual Light the Shore event remembers devastation of Superstorm Sandy
Two years following Superstorm Sandy, We Care New York, an organization that helps people with their needs during crisis and natural disasters, continues to remember the families affected by it. Hundreds attended the second annual “Light the Shore Gerritsen Beach” on Thursday, October 29 to remember the tragic day despite the wet weather.
Michael Taylor, founder and president of We Care New York, was proud of this year’s event. “Without a doubt, the point is to honor and remember those who lost their lives and show support to those rebuilding. Considering it rained, the day went pretty well,” he said. “This year, we wanted to put a positive side to day, so we had rides for kids. During the day, 150 kids and their families got wet and went home. Then at 7 p.m., we had another 150 people attend the ceremony.”
It was important for Taylor and the local organization to provide fun festivities for the children. “The kids were thrilled to have rides and games,” he said. “It certainly brought hundreds of smiles and laughter some of those same kids who were dragged through water and dealt with the storm. It was nice to see them happy and laughing, having a good time. “
Kids also participated during the ceremony by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. A girl scout also recited a poem about helping people needing help.