As trucks ferry in empty dumpsters and carry them out full of Hurricane Sandy debris(L), citizens have set up their own local community relief station in the yard(R) of a resident in Staten Island, New York, November 6, 2012. Citizens and businesses are dropping off donations for their neighbors in need, all run by the local Oakwood Beach neighborhood. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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