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VIRGINIA BEACH - As the northeast continues to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, some folks in Hampton Roads are trying to help them out.

More than 675,000 homes and businesses, mostly in New Jersey and New York, remain without power, down from a peak of more than 8.5 million.

Laura Rowe and Denise Kial with the Got Sole Project usually help migrant workers on the Eastern Shore, but they're expanding their focus.

'Poverty is poverty. These people have lost everything,' Kial noted.

That's why all the shoes the group has - about 2000 pairs - will be given to families in need in the Long Island area of New York.

In Va. Beach, school teacher Peter Ayala has started Hampton Roads For Staten Island on Facebook. He's originally from Staten Island.

'We're taking it up on Saturday. We're distributing it to the people who need it and it looks like we're going to have so much we're going to do it again at Thanksgiving,' he said.

Girl Scouts are helping, too. They've gathered items from baby food to winter coats and arranged for a truck to haul the donations to New York.

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