Christmas came a day early in Union Beach, N.J., where relief workers were handing out gifts and warm meals to people still recovering after Sandy.
"It definitely helps and it's just nice to know that people out there care," said Union Beach resident Edward Mueller. "Not everybody's in it for the dollar you know."
For Mueller, the help lessens his burden -- he's had a full house since Sandy destroyed many of his friends homes.
"Sandy was rough on our area," Mueller said. "We got hit hard."
Hoping to lift spirits this season, a group of volunteers set off in a U-Haul called "U Hungry Too" and decided to spread some holiday cheer.
Many of the volunteers came from all across the country, explaining they felt compelled to help after hearing how much Sandy had disrupted people's lives in the area.
"People need to be taken care of," said volunteer Tranquil Haze, of Wisconsin. "We care about the people."