Mormon volunteers are continuing efforts to help East Coast residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. In some areas within driving distance of the disaster area, Church leaders have cancelled or abbreviated Sunday services to allow members to assist in the relief effort.

More than 7,700 members and missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have devoted over 80,000 hours since Hurricane Sandy hit to help residents along the storm’s path. The Church has provided 300,000 pounds of relief supplies including: food, water, blankets, hygiene kits, generators, pumps, tarps, cleaning supplies and fuel.

Local Church leaders from all across the East Coast are helping to organize the Church’s relief projects. The efforts are centrally coordinated through a Church facility in New Jersey, and donations and supplies are gathered there to be shipped out to the areas most affected by the storm.

On the weekend of November 10-11, one group of LDS volunteers from the New York area focused its efforts on first responders’ damaged homes in the Rockaways, an area on the southwest side of Long Island. Volunteer teams have spent much of the past week cleaning out basements in the area: clearing flood-damaged furniture, ripping out ruined sheetrock and removing dirt, sand, mold and trash.

Read more of this story at the Mormon Newsroom, including a four-minute video providing coverage of the Mormon Helping Hands relief effort at one location on New York’s Long Island.

LDS youth across the Northeast have responded with particular energy to the disaster. Joshua Brown, an amateur videographer, documented the work of one such relief team in the following widely viewed video.

Hurricane Sandy Helping Hands from Joshua Brown on Vimeo.

For more information about this and other ongoing relief efforts in the New York/New Jersey area, consider visiting the following sites: