How a Pennsylvania Man Raised Money for Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Good Works program recently set off across the country to pay tribute to Ford Truck owners who are doing great things within their communities. In a series of videos, Professional Bull Riding (BPBR) celebrity Brendon Clark highlights the philanthropic deeds that these community-minded folks are performing and how their using their Ford trucks to make it happen.

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In the latest installment of the Good Works program, we meet David Delbianco, a Pennsylvania native and scrapyard employee who had an unconventional idea for providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “wasn’t Hurricane Sandy a long time ago?” Also, “What does Pennsylvania have to do with it?”

While it’s been well over a year since Hurricane Sandy made landfall, most people don’t realize that it was the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, and that cleanup efforts continue to this day.

“Hurricane Sandy hit at the last week of October in 2012. We’re in the eastern side of Pennsylvania, so we’re only an hour away from where the storm hit,” recalls David.

“It was horrible,” David’s wife Jane remembers. “People’s lives were torn apart.”

As soon as the storm cleared, the Delbiancos set off on a mission to help storm victims recover and aid in the relief efforts. The quickest and easiest way to bring immediate aid to those impacted was to raise money. So Dave came up with a rather unconventional fundraiser idea.

As a scrapyard employee, David is thoroughly familiar with the value of metals. So they hatched a local program where residents could bring in their junk appliances and scrap metal to donate towards the relief efforts. David and some volunteers would process the items, separating valuable component metals and other scrap to then be processed at the facility he works.

They had managed to turn junk into a community service event. It was a win-win situation. Neighbors had their scrap hauled away for free while at the same time they were contributing to helping out fellow Americans recover from the devastating storm.

“It’s amazing when you look at what can be turned into dollars for charity,” says Jane. “Little things like extension cords and household metal. When you collect it together as a group, the dollars really add up.”

You can watch this, and other inspiring videos documenting the generosity and community service embodied by your fellow Ford truck owners, on the Ford Trucks YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to the channel and be the first to see new installments of the Ford Good Works program.

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