Shelters for Those Without Power in Poconos

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EAST STROUDSBURG---Red Cross volunteers were busy helping dozens of people at East Stroudsburg Area High School South Tuesday.

Sandy came tearing through the Poconos on Monday night, downing trees and power lines, knocking out electricity to tens of thousands.

'We just like put candles everywhere and were like trying to entertain ourselves, it was really boring," said Samantha Bozic of Tannersville who was at the shelter with her family.

Marisol Rodriguez of Stroudsburg has 4 young children, including a baby girl.

She has no power at her home and learned of the shelter from a neighbor.

"It`s cold and to heat up their food, they hungry and her, her milk. So it`s hard, it`s hard," said Rodriguez.

Victoria Vinas and her family spent time at the shelter doing puzzles and drawing.

When the lights went out, things were tough on her and her mother, who needs an oxygen machine.

"It`s hard on the kids but they`ve made it very comfortable, bringing out all the coloring books and toys," said Vinas gesturing to her children.

"I couldn`t have asked for nicer or more helpful people they were great," said Vinas' mother, Joyce Chirico, who move to the Poconos from New Jersey a few days ago.

A shelter also opened Monday at East Stroudsburg University that can accomodate more than 300 people.