November 29, 2012

Reuniting photos lost in Sandy with their owners

The memories washed away by Sandy: Hundreds of precious family photos found in aftermath of hurricane - now one woman wants to reunite them with their owners

Hurricane Sandy destroyed countless homes in New Jersey, knocking many from their foundations and sending furniture and belongings floating into the streets. Many of the items were lost forever but one local woman, whose own house was damaged beyond repair, is on a mission to reunite Sandy victims with one important thing - their memories.

Jeannette Van Houten, from Union Beach, is collecting old photos, many damaged from salt water, and uploading them on Facebook in the hope that the families they belong to will come forward to claim them.  Sandy destroyed metal and wood and steel and concrete,' Ms Van Houten told the New York Daily News. 'But we're finding these pieces of paper, these photos, and their images are still beautiful.'

The 42-year-old began the project the day after the storm struck, when she found a box full of damaged family photos on the ground.    She cleans the pictures then scans them and uploads them to Facebook and, mostly through word-of-mouth, she has managed to connect several local families with their treasured memories.

She now has a collection of more than 3,000 photos online, which Union Beach residents can browse through, looking for their loved ones' faces.

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Good for her.

Posted by Jill Fallon at November 29, 2012 2:31 PM | Permalink