Acts Of Charity Bringing Residents Together In Post-Sandy Hoboken
“What size are you?” Juliana Schmidt asked an elderly man she just met on the corner of Ninth and Willow Avenues in Hoboken.

Schmidt and her husband were spending a good part of their Saturday doing something that appeared to be a growing trend.

“We just cleaned out, basically all the things we don't need or don't use anymore," she said. "We want to give it to people who need it.”

The donations ranged from jackets, hats, kids clothes, or as Schmidt put it, "anything we can part with."

The act was just one of the many byproducts from Hurricane Sandy that left portions of Hoboken underwater and in shambles.

While the storm did cause some to flee, it inadvertently brought others together, namely outside of Evangelical Free Church.

“People have been stuck in their homes and they have no heat, they’re just hungry and cold and incredibly grateful," Pastor Paul Krause told PIX 11 News. "We’re providing hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate, allowing them to charge up their cell phones.”

The church, which has strong ties to the community, suffered damage during this week's storm. It is now getting a helping hand from a place that has their fair share of experience handing a natural disaster.

“Many of [the volunteers] have served in New Orleans so they know how to handle these things," he said. "When Katrina happened, we sent 13 volunteers there to help, so when we got the phone call it was great. It's like what goes around comes around. It’s great to have them here.”

Over on Washington Street, a group of complete strangers gather outside of City Hall, where their common thread is service.

“We’re going to Ninth and Clinton street. It’s basically a complex with all seniors so we’re going door to door to see if they need anything," the group's leader who identified himself as "Colby" said.

According to him, the groups are organized at City Hall where they meet, establish a time and place and go and assist in relief efforts.

Flash lights are the only things that light up the hallways of the dark complex along Clinton St. that house about 30 tenants.

“We’re from city hall," one of the group's members say after knocking on a second floor unit door. "Do you guys need anything?"

“Nah I’m good brother,” response the tenant who quickly shut his door.

As volunteers make their way to each unit, they're suddenly greeted by a Hoboken police officer who turns them away, after an elderly tenant took a turn for the worse.

Relatives who did not want to speak on camera told PIX News it didn't look so well.

While many of the volunteer ventures do end in good news for tenants in the form of food, water and medicine, the fact is, not all are so fortunate. It's just one of the many hardships residents are going to have to cope with in the coming weeks as remnants of Sandy linger.