The devastation from Superstorm Sandy may be over 2,000 miles away, but it's hit close to home for some here on the Western Slope.
Jen Zeuner, co-owner of Hot Tomato in Fruita, knew she needed to do something.
She's from Vineland, NJ and her niece, who also lives in the Grand Valley, grew up in Ocean City, a barrier island community just south of Atlantic City, NJ.
Together, they decided to start collecting warm clothes, batteries, toys, and pet food.
Zeuner says despite the tough blow dealt to the New Jersey coastline, those in the Northeast will be back, even though they may need a little push to get there. She reminded folks back in her beloved New Jersey that they aren't fighting this fight alone.
"Right now they're going to dig deep," Zeuner said. "I know my family will. I know my friends will... I know what they're made of and that's, that's what you do when you're from back East or if you have that community behind you, and you guys have a lot of people behind you. And I don't know if you realize that, but people are definitely in your corner."
If you want to donate, all you have to do is drop off supplies at the Hot Tomato, located at 124 North Mulberry Street in Fruita.