Family displaced by Sandy returns home in time for Christmas

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A family that was displaced by Superstorm Sandy five years ago is finally back in their home just in time for Christmas.

The Smith family’s Brick Township home was badly damaged by the storm with 4 feet of water. They were forced to leave and haven’t been home since.

“For five years, the normal days of sitting home as a family and having dinner and TV and sleeping underneath one roof, we haven’t had that,” says Denise Smith.

The family says that it took a long time for them to return home. They say that they were shortchanged by their insurers and threatened with foreclosure by banks. They say that they also had to deal with some contractors who messed up the rebuild and quit.

Son Sean Smith, 19, says that he spent his whole high school career bouncing from a rental home with his parents, to his grandmother’s apartment and finally a backyard shed.

But now the family is back together, thanks in part to the nonprofit Saint Bernard Project and another organization called Fulfill. The family says that they also thank friends and volunteers who came through for them when the government and corporations failed.

The Saint Bernard Project says that there are still many New Jersey families that remain displaced by the superstorm.

“If you’re not seeing it on a daily basis, you wouldn’t know the need is still there,” says Christina D’Auria with Saint Bernard.

The Smiths say that they are happy that they can finally celebrate Christmas together in their home.

Go HERE for an interview with members of the Smith family.

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