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Louisville man volunteers to help with Sandy recovery

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Glenn Smith watched the same images most of Americans did of the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy. Except he felt compelled to get off the couch and do more.

"I just could not sit on the couch and not do anything. I'm a proactive versus reactive kind of guy so that's what I did," Smith said.

Just hours after attending Bruce Springsteen's concert at the KFC Yum! Center, Smith, a New Jersey native, hopped in his car and drove nearly 800 miles to volunteer for the Red Cross. His plan was simple: just help.

"I'm working on the back of a truck here unloading supplies," Smith said, point to photos he took of his journey two weeks ago. "To the left back here is devastated."

Glenn spent days working for the Red Cross passing out blankets and warm meals. He even got the change to visit his extended family.

"And just to see the jersey shore and all the rides gone, it hit me like a ton of bricks," Smith said.

He compared the devastation to the Jersey Shore to if Churchill Downs were destroyed.

"Everybody's got a memory of the jersey shore and when their parents pass away or their grandparents pass away, you always have that memory back to that day on the jersey shore. So that being washed away is hard to talk about. It's hard to talk about," Smith said fighting back tears.

Hard to talk about, so Smith wrote it down in a journal he shared with us.

"Driving back here was more enjoyable and less enjoyable as I thought about could I have done more," he wrote nearing the end of his journey.

Glenn says he gladly take time off from work as a mortgage broker to go back.

"I wish I could have won powerball and gone back there with $100 million dollars and help people out more."


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