Several Staten Island women who lost their homes and all their belongings in Hurricane Sandy got treated to a day of pampering and a much-needed break, all thanks to a non-profit started by a stylist and fashion designer. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
They arrived in style in a pink limo with a jacuzzi on the back. Five Staten Island moms who have had a rough go of it since Sandy hit their Oakwood Beach neighborhood.
"I lost four homes. Three were rentals and my own home. And actually I'm just getting back into my house probably at the end of this week," said Oakwood Beach Resident Madeline Fradella.
The New Memories Project was responsible for bringing Fradella and four neighbors to a mobile salon in Turtle Bay. Stylist Nicole Young founded it as her way of lending a hand to those affected by the storm. In this case, five women who not only lost homes but countless memories in the form of photos that were destroyed.
"I wanted to do something where I could create unforgettable experiences, really fun days for people, and also photograph it, so I could help them rebuild their memories as well as their collection of photographs," Young said.
Young used her connections in the fashion and beauty world to have all of the services and products donated.
"I don't know sometimes I see some people who look better coming in than going out," Fradella said.
She had her make-up done, her hair was styled, and finally a new outfit for spring. And in the end, she and the other ladies seemed pleased with the outcome. They celebrated afterwards sitting down for brunch at Vero Restaurant and Wine Bar.
"It's different from what we've all been through, you know it's a happy day for a change," Fradella said.
"It's like it takes your mind off of everything else, that you have to go back home and get the papers together and do all of this other stuff, you know, and wonder what's going to be tomorrow, but this is a great day today," said Oakwood Beach Resident Mary Ann Miele.
Young said she is also hoping to have some events for dads and kids in the coming months.
For more information, visit newmemoriesproject.com.