Eight years ago, Angela Caballeros and her family were caught in Hurricane Katrina in their New Orleans home.
Caballeros, who at the time was just a teen, wrote down a description of her harrowing experience and sealed it in a plastic bottle before tossing it into the tide. She wrote:
Our roof is gone. Our roof is in the water.. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens next. If anyone is reading this, keep me and my family in your prayers, and I will keep you in mine. God Bless. Angela Caballeros.
Weeks later, National Park Service ranger Rob Turan found the note amongst debris while working with a response team.
“I took it home and had it framed," he told the Times-Picayune. "For almost eight years I’ve looked at it every day and wondered about [Angela].”
With only her name as clue, Turan tracked Caballeros down and reunited her with her long lost message.
Last month, a message in a bottle sent by a young girl -- who had passed away several years ago -- was discovered amid Superstorm Sandy debris and returned to her family.
More recently, a 50-year-old note in a bottle washed up on the Jersey shore. Last week, the sender was reunited with the message that he tossed in the ocean when he was just 12 years old.
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A Facebook update from <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedrinkbrooklyn?ref=stream">The Drink in Manhattan</a> hopes to help their fellow bars in the area.
This photo of a friendly neighbor on the East Coast has gone viral.
The Dutch offers up <a href="https://twitter.com/andrecarmellini/status/264061816408244224">free food</a> to New Yorkers.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/cory-booker-neighbors-hurricane-sandy_n_2059971.html?1351805482&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009"> invited Hurricane Sandy victims to his house</a> to charge their electronics, watch movies, and even get a free lunch.
This photo, taken by Instagram user Emily Katter shows people <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Femilykatter.com%2F&ei=ORKUUN4QpojaBYbqgLgD&usg=AFQjCNGkXYuIhbalKwMy1hPKNORa7-dDqA">writing down their emotions about Hurricane Sandy</a> on Post-It Notes.
This <a href="https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/statuses/264075384109268992">magical young man</a> is helping Hurricane Sandy victims.
Lonestar Taco headed downtown to <a href="https://twitter.com/LonestarTacoNYC/status/264029625397678081">feed the people in the South Street Seaport</a> today.
Anderson Cooper <a href="http://instagram.com/p/RfmxG1kkLl/">posted this photo</a> on Instagram, writing "Sharing power from our sat truck with Hoboken residents needing to charge phones and get online #Sandy"
According to the Sayville Patch, a <a href="http://sayville.patch.com/articles/a-random-act-of-kindness-in-response-to-sandy-s-visit#photo-12002555">Lincoln Avenue, Sayville resident </a>is hoping to make life a bit warmer and satisfying for local neighbors and community members in Long Island.
Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest veterinary practice, is offering free office visits and physical exams for more than 140 hospitals in the states affected by Sandy, according to a statement. The waived office visit fee covers a physical examination by the veterinary team; however, excludes any testing, treatments or medications.
According to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneSandyActsOfKindness?ref=stream&filter=3">Hurricane Sandy Acts of Kindness Facebook page</a>, "A resident assists in rescue efforts with his jet ski as emergency personnel rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey October 30, 2012."
According to the Examiner, Ann, from East Northerport, New York is just one of the many <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/in-recovery-from-hurricane-sandy-kindness-is-catching?cid=rss">good samaritans who used Facebook as one way to offer shelter and hot showers</a> to friends and family in need. She is currently hosting her daughters' friends whose homes are without power. My sister and brother in law are here now showering and catching up on news and hot tea," she reports. "I try to live the golden rule."