“Stars of Hope” organization inspires those affected by Sandy - New York News

“Stars of Hope” organization inspires those affected by Sandy

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

East Rockaway is one of the many communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy but thanks to some local kids colorful and inspirational artwork is brightening up the neighborhood.

A lot of people in the East Rockaway are seeing stars – hand painted ones that are dotting neighborhood streets.

"These are going to be so important for people to see driving home when they are going to check their mailboxes of empty houses," said one East Rockaway resident.

The "Stars of Hope" are meant to bring some joy to the community devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Janine Pizzariella is a member of the organization.

"Stars of Hope is an organization that comes into devastated communities to bring inspiration and color to brighten up a community after a disaster. They bring a sense of hope and acknowledgement that someone out there cares it's not just themselves dealing with disaster, but there are other people who have dealt with the same and to bring them a little hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel."

Local kids helped make one particular batch of them hit hard by the hurricane.

"Probably some people aren't back in their houses or apartments and we are coming here to show them that they should still have hope," said one young volunteer.

The organization usually partners with a school to get kids involved. First volunteers cut, sand and put a base coat of paint on the stars. They are then sent to communities to be decorated with inspirational words, messages and lots of bright colors.

"Although we were affected by the storm you got to give back."

Mary Kate Lynch contacted Stars of Hope and asked them to come to her hometown.

"There are a few that may put a tear in your eye and there are a few that make you chuckle. It's beautiful; it's art from the heart," said Lynch.

The Stars of Hope organization was started in Texas by a family whose homes were destroyed by a tornado. Their first mission was a year later, when they sent Stars to a town in Kansas nearly wiped out by an EF 5 tornado -- the strongest in tornado category.

  • Queens NewsQueens NewsMore>>

  • Kayakers breach New York's JFK airport security

    Kayakers breach New York's JFK airport security

    Sunday, July 27 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 19:46:29 GMT
    The tower at John F. Kennedy International AirportThe tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport
    Two kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a Kennedy Airport security perimeter.
    Two kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a security perimeter at New York's Kennedy Airport.
  • NY man dies speeding on a straight road

    NY man dies speeding on a straight road

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:29:19 GMT
    Police say a 24-year-old Queens man was killed in a fiery crash while speeding on a Long Island parkway.
    Police say a 24-year-old Queens man was killed in a fiery crash while speeding on a Long Island parkway.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 3 NJ mayors to announce anti-crime plan

    3 NJ mayors to announce anti-crime plan

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:03:29 GMT
    The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for Monday afternoon to announce the plan. The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
    The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for Monday afternoon to announce the plan. The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
  • Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:26:19 GMT
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
  • Man dies trapped in elevator shaft

    Man dies trapped in elevator shaft

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:06:40 GMT
    New York City NewsNew York City News
    A man died after becoming trapped between an elevator shaft and elevator car in the Bronx, said police. Police were called to 680 Tinton Ave. in The Bronx at about 3:55 a.m. on Monday. The man was found unconscious between the 18th and 19th floors. It is not clear how the man became trapped. A police investigation was underway. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
    A man died after becoming trapped between an elevator shaft and elevator car in the Bronx, said police. Police were called to 680 Tinton Ave. in The Bronx at about 3:55 a.m. on Monday. The man was found unconscious between the 18th and 19th floors. It is not clear how the man became trapped. A police investigation was underway. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices