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A 78-year-old cancer survivor whose Queens house was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy came home Saturday to a surprise.
Her Breezy Point home had been rebuilt by strangers who simply wanted to offer a helping hand.
“I’ve been blessed, really blessed,” Barbara Joyce said. “I just can’t believe all you people came here for me.”
Joyce’s eyes teared up as she opened the front door and returned to the bungalow she has called home since 1979.
“I can’t believe it,” she said. “It’s just perfect.”
The historic storm flooded her Beach 219th St. home with more than 3 feet of water, ruining most of her furniture, destroying the house’s plumbing and electrical work and leaving it basically uninhabitable.
Joyce, who lives alone, has split her time between friends’ homes and a hotel. In November, she asked the Operation Blessing group for some help pumping out the water from the home — and the volunteers did that but then decided to do far more.
“We liked the lady,” said Bill Horan, the group’s president. “She didn’t have flood insurance. She didn’t know what she was going to do.”
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