It's been one month since "the perfect storm" tore through new Jersey, toppling trees, pulling down power lines, damaging homes and causing widespread power outages that lasted for days, and in some cases, weeks.
Over the course of the last 30 days since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore and many areas inland, New Jerseyans have showed their strength and unity, vowing to rebuild and joining together to help each other through local and statewide initiatives.
The following is a compilation of images and videos from Union County and the Jersey Shore, depicting the aftermath, the cleanup and the efforts by local residents to be part of the relief effort.
One video was shot by Rutgers University student Brittany McDyer of Cranford and a group of friends from Ramapo College who went down to the Union Beach/Keyport area to help out with relief efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
"The destruction down there was absolutely devastating," McDyer said.
In order to raise awareness about the devastation that the shore towns faced, she and her friends made a video documenting what they saw and experienced in the wake of the storm. McDyer was joined by Kristie and Kellie Walton of Hazlet, Erica LoGiudice, JR Pacifico and Michael Saldida of Mountainside, Savvas Roumelioutis and Jennifer Palacios of Union Beach, Megan Kierce of Matawan and Kristia Takacs if Little Silver.
"This area is the hometowns of Kristie Walton, Kellie Walton, Savvas Roumelioutis, and many other friends and family," McDyer said. "After seeing all of the damage the hurricane brought to their towns, we all decided to get together and go down to help out in any way we could. We brought down bags and bags of donations drop off donations they collected through requests from their personal Facebook pages."
McDyer said the college students "helped clean up homes on Clarke Avenue which consisted of cleaning up debris to ripping up floors due to water damage."
"The Hurricane washed away the natives' homes, towns, and memories. All forms of donations are welcomed, but the victims of Hurricane Sandy need money to be able to rebuild their homes and lives," McDyer added. "Every penny counts."