Truth Frequency Radio
Nov 01, 2013

hurricane-sandy-death-father-kindness-strangers-donations-christmas-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationScott Stump, TODAY News

When Hurricane Sandy destroyed their childhood home and claimed the life of their father, three sisters from Staten Island, N.Y., faced the toughest holiday season of their lives.

Angela, Nicole and Ashley Montalto lost their dad in the massive flooding from the storm, and endured a difficult Thanksgiving without him.

“By Thanksgiving, I think we were all still in denial,’’ Angela said in Monday’s installment of the “Hope to It” series on TODAY. Without their father on the holiday, she said, “It was a dinner. It wasn’t Thanksgiving.”

When Christmas came around, the grieving Montalto sisters received a surprise from a New Jersey nonprofit they had never heard of, called Heartworks.

“These people don’t even know us, and they reached out to us to try to make our Christmas what it normally was,’’ Ashley said.

The organization asked the sisters to each make a list of 10 things they wanted, and then provided them with all of those items and more.

“We needed a lot, but the wants were the things that were getting left out,’’ Nicole Montalto said. “So it was really nice that they did that for us so it helped us get through a really hard holiday.”

The sisters were grateful for the support, and now they look to pay that kindness forward to others in need, one year after Hurricane Sandy turned their lives upside down.

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